The Burns family just moved here from New Jersey, so this was their first lighted boat parade and Boca’s 42nd. “I’ve only seen a lighted boat parade in the movies,” Maggie Burns said Saturday.
Burns sat on bleachers filled with spectators in Red Reef Park West with her husband and two small kids.
“It’s a perfect night. No wind. The waters are still. A full moon,” commentator John Jones said over a loud speaker from the judges’ table. Their view overlooked the boats’ approach on the Intracoastal Waterway. Other viewing areas were set at Silver Palm Park and the Wildflower site.
Fireworks on a barge led the traditional trek down the C-15 Canal on the Delray/Boca border south to the Hillsboro bridge.
Lighted boats followed, from kayaks to big and small craft, a catamaran and sailboat. Most had music and crews on board in holiday costumes waving. Two Toys for Tots boats filled with presents collected more gifts
Cash awards for music, lights, décor and spirit will be announced at the boat captains’ dinner on Jan. 4.
By Marci Shatzman