Friday Harbor will be home once again to one of San Juan Island’s longest-running holiday traditions, as the 21st annual Lighted Boat Parade sets the stage for the 52nd consecutive yearly arrival of the Santa Ship, Saturday, Dec. 15.
Sponsored by Friday Harbor Sailing Club, the Lighted Boat Parade sets sail out of Shipyard Cove at 4:45 p.m., and makes two laps around the harbor as the procession passes twice by Spring Street Landing to the cheers and the delight of a gathering of fans and onlookers.
To commemorate the parade’s 21st year, the Sailing Club is looking for 21 boats to participate. The event is open to all sailors and power boaters, with the Port of Friday Harbor offering free moorage for the evening to out-of-area boaters registered and participating in the parade.
For parade info, Gloria Bentzen, 378-4288; for info about the Santa Ship, John Bostrom, 298-1256; for information about free moorage for the night of the event, Harbormaster Tammy Hayes, 378-2688.