The 37th annual Lighted Yacht Parade takes place Saturaday, December 7, 2013 along the waterfront of the Oakland/Alameda Estuary. The parade begins just after sunset, around 5:30pm, and this year’s parade theme is “Global Holidays, a Winter Celebration.”
Each year on the first Saturday in December, the Lighted Yacht Parade celebrates the holiday season. Bay Area boat owners share in the holiday spirit by decorating their boats and participating in the parade. Hundreds of spectators gather along the waterfront at public viewing areas such as Wind River Park in Alameda and Jack London Square in Oakland, or at waterfront restaurants along the estuary. For the price of a an unwrapped toy, spectators can even participate in the parade by riding on the San Francisco Bay ferry. In 2012 thirty-five boats participated in the parade, and this year’s organizers expect even more.
In addition to creating a magical evening of lights, the parade organizers partner with the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts and the Alameda County Community Food Bank to generate donations of food, unwrapped toys, or money at designated drop sites. These donations go a long way toward providing food and toys to deserving kids and families during the holiday season. Last year’s event generated nearly $2000 in cash donations and $2500 in toy and food donations.
View the 2013 parade poster here: Lighted Yacht Parade 2013 – Tree