Symphony conductor Frank Fetta has been named grand marshal of the 43rd Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 10th, in the Marina main channel.

Fetta has conducted summer concerts in Burton Chace Park for several years, leading an orchestra that calls itself the Marina del Rey Symphony during its summer events in the Marina.

“Frank has brought such enjoyment to the Marina community during his summer concerts that it was an obvious choice to have him as our grand marshal for this year’s Marina Holiday Boat Parade,” said boat parade president Cindy Williams.

“Frank has made so many friends in the Marina over the past summers by providing us all with so many wonderful evenings full of great music during the outdoor concerts in Burton Chace Park,” Williams added.

During other times of the year, Fetta conducts orchestras that offer concerts in Culver City, Riverside and other locations.

The theme for this year’s boat parade is “Star Light, Star Bright.”

A preview Holiday Boat Parade has been scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 9th, also in the Marina main channel.

Williams called the annual Holiday Boat Parade “the biggest event we have going on in the Marina.”

“There is no reason that this boat parade can’t be like the Rose Parade,” Williams told the Westchester-LAX/Marina del Rey Marina Affairs Committee Tuesday morning during a breakfast meeting at Tony P’s.

BANNER DEADLINE — Friday, November 4th, is the deadline for local businesses to sign on to the boat parade’s corporate sponsorship program, Williams said.

Corporate sponsors will be noted on Holiday Boat Parade banners that will be hung throughout the Marina for two months, beginning Thanksgiving week, Williams said.

The boat parade president said local businesses wishing to participate in the boat parade corporate sponsorship should call (310) 670-7130 for further information.

ENTRY FORMS — Entry forms are now available for boat owners who wish to participate in the boat parade.

Entry forms can be picked up at the Marina del Rey Visitors Information Center, 4701 Admiralty Way; Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way; and on the Web at

Boat owners will be able to compete for numerous prize packages, including, for the “best overall winner,” a two-night trip for two to Tokyo to judge the Illuminated Boat Parade and Contest in Tokyo Bay.

Included will be a three-night stay at the Hotel Nikko in Tokyo.

Williams told boat owners who wish to participate in the Marina Holiday Boat Parade that they “should also check out our boat parade Web site with tips on how to decorate a boat and how to impress a judge.”

Boat parade officials say that among the best sites to watch the boat parade will be Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way; and Fisherman’s Village on Fiji Way, where spectators can see and hear the parade.

Parade information, (310) 670-7130 and