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Updated: 12/20/2017 08:30:00AM

Boat parade to light up the harbor

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This snowman is typical of the decorations on the boats. boaters and their crews volunteer much money, time and energy to decorate their vessels for the event.

Onlookers eagerly await the procession of colorfully decorated boats.

HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
A boat heads out of the staging area and up through the canals of Punta Gorda Isles for the 2015 Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association Christmas Boat Parade.

HERALD PHOTO BY BETSY WILLIAMS
Pajama-wearing teens and adults sing Christmas music aboard “A Christmas Story,” a boat complete with a leg lamp up front and a tree in the back. This was a much-applauded boat as it made its way through the canals of Punta Gorda Isles for the annual Always the Saturday Night Before Christmas Eve Boat Parade.

By RUSTY PRAY

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The official event title is The Saturday Night Before Christmas Eve Boat Parade.

Unofficially, it’s the lighted boat parade — the only one in Charlotte County. It’s a Christmas tradition that offers delightfully decorated boats and invites good-humored interaction between the boaters and their audience.

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