Although the summer heat has continued into mid-September, Marina del Rey boat owners are already beginning to think about the 42nd Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, planned for Saturday, December 11th.
A Malibu couple and their 27-foot sailboat, Tina Marie, are the first private entry in the boat parade.
“We placed third in 2002 and second in 2003 in the Channel Islands Holiday Boat Parade,” said David Smith, who moved his boat from Ventura County to Marina del Rey this year.
“Now our objective is to win first place in the Marina del Rey boat parade,” he said.
“My passion is music,” Smith adds.
Every year, Smith and his wife, Tina, record a song that is played on their boat during the boat parade.
“This year we’ve selected a very popular Christmas song and have changed the lyrics to nautical terms and kind of personalized it,” he says.
The couple says it has big plans for their Cal 27 in the Marina del Rey boat parade.
Besides the original music, Tina Marie will be decked out with thousands of lights.
“Last year, we had in the neighborhood of 4,000-plus lights. This year, we’re adding another 1,000 lights,” David Smith says.
He says he and his wife plan to set an eight-foot-tall Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and a Christmas tree on the boat.
The couple says it will begin decorating in November for the Saturday, December 11th, Marina Holiday Boat Parade.
This year’s Marina Holiday Boat Parade is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 11th, in the Marina main channel.
The theme for the boat parade this year is “Sights and Sounds of the Holiday.”
Boat entries will compete for numerous prize packages.
New this year for boat parade entrants is a special “two-for-one” deal for the first 100 private entries.
Boaters who have entered in past boat parades have an opportunity to have their boat parade entry fees waived if they bring in a boat that has never participated in a Marina del Rey boat parade.
When a first-time entrant sends in the $25 entry fee, the boater who referred the first-time entry will have the opportunity to participate in the boat parade free, said boat parade president Cindy Williams.
The entry fee for commercial, charter, corporation and company boats is $2 a foot for each foot of the boat’s length.
Boat parade entry forms are available on the boat parade Web site: wwwmdrboatparade.org
Boat parade information, (310) 670-7130.