Author: The Argonaut

Boat paraded expands to second day and ends with a BANG

The 42nd annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade will light up the Marina from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 11th. The Saturday parade will commence with a fireworks display at 5:55 p.m. off the Marina breakwater, as brilliantly lit and decorated vessels circle the Main Channel. A preview Holiday Boat Parade has been scheduled for Friday, December 10th, from 7 to 9 p.m. The parade theme for 2004 is “Sights and Sounds of the Holidays.” The grand marshal for this year’s parade will be former pro basketball player and coach Bill Sharman, accompanied by the Los Angeles Laker girls aboard the vessel Chelsea II. Boat owners will compete for numerous prize packages, with the “Best Overall” winning a two-night trip for two to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the Winterfest Boat Parade, touted as the “World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.” Best spots for viewing the boat parades are Burton Chace Park, at 13650 Mindanao Way, and Fisherman’s Village, at 13755 Fiji Way, where spectators can see and hear the parades free of charge. Free parking is available at Los Angeles County public parking lots throughout Marina del Rey. Boaters coming to Marina del Rey Saturday, December 11th, will be able to launch their vessel free at the public launch ramp at Basin H, 13477 Fiji Way. Boat launch fees for the day are being waived, according to...

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REMEMBERING the First Boat Parade

Editor’s Note: Darien Murray, longtime boating columnist for The Argonaut, died in October 2002. The Argonaut has traditionally published her remembrance of the first boat parade, held in 1963. The column was originally written in December 1972, on the eve of the tenth annual boat parade. Darien updated the column every year. It is reprinted here as it appeared in December 2002. Although we have lost Darien, her spirit lives on, and so does this tradition. Thousands of us who lived in the Marina and thousands more from miles around annually came to the Marina to see the annual boat parade in Marina del Rey. But very few remember the first boat parade in Marina del Rey. When that first Marina boat parade circled the Marina’s main basin in 1963 there were approximately 100 boats in the Marina and almost no buildings. Twenty of the hundred boats entered the parade. Margie and Steve Bragg were among the first hundred Marina del Rey boat owners who formed Pioneer Skippers Boat Owners Association. They and the other charter members decided to have a boat parade “because the harbor had nothing at that time,” Margie remembered. “We thought it was a good idea, and the county was delighted. Our boat parade would advertise the Marina, when nobody wanted to come here. “The Marina had just opened and had no breakwater, no nothing...

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PARADE WINNING CATEGORIES and the prizes that go with it

The winner of the Sweepstakes Award “Best Overall” boat will receive a trip for two to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to judge the Winterfest Boat Parade with a two-night stay at the Marina Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition, each boat entered in the parade will receive a prize package. Awards: Best Power, Best Sail Judges Special Awards: Best Theme, Best Music, Best Lights, Best Animation, Best Spirit, Best Live Band Category Awards: Best Charter, Best Corporate, Best Yacht Club, Best Individual, Best Organization: Boating, Civic, Service, Non-profit Awards will be presented during a Champagne Awards Ceremony planned for 11 a.m. Sunday, December 12th, at Del Rey Yacht Club, 13900 Palawan Way, Marina del Rey. Each entry in the boat parade will receive two tickets to the Champagne Awards Ceremony. Additional tickets may be purchased at the door for...

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Twelve Boat Parade Judges Will Decide The Winners

Sibyl Buchanan Sibyl Buchanan has worked for Playa Vista since 1991. As director of community affairs, she is responsible for implementing Playa Vista’s community relations programs. She is a past honorary mayor of Westchester and she is a board member of the Marina Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, Positive Alternative Choices Today (PACT), and the Venice Chamber of Commerce. She is on the executive committee of the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce, and on the advisory board for the LAPD Pacific Boosters Association, Cornerstone Prep, and the Mar Vista Family Center. She is a member of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey. Buchanan serves as secretary of the board of directors for PVJOBS (Playa Vista Job Opportunities and Business Services), and oversees the Playa Vista Educational Trust. She received her B.S. degree from Hofstra University in New York and she resides in Playa del Rey with her husband, Mitchell Poris. David Asper Johnson David Asper Johnson is the founder, editor and publisher of The Argonaut, the weekly newspaper serving the Marina area. He returns as a Marina boat parade judge after years of support for the annual Marina boat parade. He has been a longtime supporter of the local community and served on the boards of the various local chambers of commerce for the Marina and Venice, the Boys and Girls Club of Venice...

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Seasons Greetings from Boat Parade president Cindy Williams

“Build it and they will come,” from the movie Field of Dreams, was on my mind when I was organizing this year’s boat parade. If you are you unable to attend the Saturday evening parade, our new two-day format that includes a Friday evening parade will give you another opportunity to see the “Sights and Sounds of the Holidays.” My favorite part of organizing this year’s Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade was meeting so many wonderful people who were willing to help make this year’s boat parade the biggest and best yet. Most important, we would not have a boat parade at all if it were not for our sponsors. A very big thank-you to all of you for your generosity: Admiral Sponsor, The Argonaut; Commodore Sponsors, Michele Blackmon Estates, Playa Vista and U.S. Bank; and Captain Sponsors, C&O Cucina, C&O Trattoria, Downey Savings, FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club, First Coastal Bank, Hornblower Cruises & Events, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches & Harbors, Los Angeles World Airports, Marina City Club, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, The Parking Spot, and Wells Fargo Bank. Also, a thank-you goes out to the many individuals and businesses that were kind enough to donate prizes. However, since we have so many donations this year, I could not possibly list them all in this greetingŠ but know that they are greatly appreciated. Thank-you to...

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