Saturday, September 14, 2013
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The Housatonic River will be dancing with lights on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at nightfall for the 6th Annual Riverlights Housatonic Boat Parade. The event launches at the Route 1/I-95 bridges and travels down river to Knapps Landing Restaurant in Stratford.
Last year's parade of boats generated numerous creative entries from the participants and tons of enthusiasm from spectators. Participants came from Valley Yacht Club, Harbor Valley Yacht Club, Caswell Cove Marina, Pootatuck Yacht Club and Housatonic Boat Club.
The Riverlights Committee has raised over $28,000 for Swim Across the Sound since the inaugural event in 2008. Last year, the parade raised approximately $8,000 for the SWIM.
Spearheaded by members of Milford’s Valley Yacht Club, the Riverlights Boat Parade is the first river-wide event to encourage interclub involvement and participation while generating community interest. By raising money for St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, the event provides boaters with the opportunity to give back to the people of the surrounding towns while enjoying a uniquely beautiful experience.
As many as thirty boats, decorated in lights and airing music of various themes, will slowly parade down the river to the reviewing stand located where they will be judged by a panel consisting of local dignitaries. Trophies will be awarded for Best in Show, Best Under 25 Feet and Best Over 25 Feet. The parade will continue to Knapp’s Landing where the boats will turn around and head slowly back to their home ports.
All proceeds from entries and sponsor fees will be donated to St Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound. Best viewing locations will be the various shoreline restaurants and public river access areas in Stratford. Margarita Grill, Harborside Restaurant, Outriggers Restaurant and Knapps Landing are official riverside viewing areas.
This years Riverlights Boat Parade panel of judges include: Lyn Fine-McCarthy, Executive Director of St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation, Mayor John A. Harkins, Stratford, CT and special guest WTNH's Erika Martin, of Storm Team 8.
Visit the Riverlights Boat Parade website to enter the event or for more information, or contact Jim Manzolli of the Commodore, Valley Yacht Club at (203) 377-6119 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org