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This Saturday: Middle River Lighted Boat Parade

We spoke with organizer Jim High about the annual tradition and some key vantage points.

It's not the Griswolds on the Chesapeake, but it's close.

Middle River's ninth annual lighted boat parade takes to the water on Saturday. The holiday tradition will inclue as many as 55 boats decked out with lights and music.

One boat, organizer Jim High said, once came with flaming dragons along for the ride.

"Propane?" High suggested when asked how the dragons operated. "I don't know how they got it to work but they did work."

Pyrotechnics, however, are far from unusual in some of the more elaborate holiday-themed displays.

High, general manager of Baltimore Boating Center, said the annual event was first modeled off similar parades in "prestigious neighborhoods" like Annapolis, Solomons Island, Kent Narrows and the Inner Harbor.

"It was thought that maybe Middle River should have one also," he said.

Now, High said, boaters come from Harford County, Pennsylvania, Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County for Middle River's parade.

The parade starts around 5:15 p.m., with boats leaving from Stansbury Yacht Basin. Check out the detailed parade route. Expect viewing spots to be crowded—High said about 1,000 will be at a public viewing area at Wilson Point Park. Most waterfront restaurants, he said, are sold out for the evening, including the River Watch Restaurant, Carson's Creekside, Sunset Cove and Steelefish Grill.

Where's your favorite spot to watch the parade? Tell us in the comments!

John Doe November 20, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Can Perry Hall claim this since they took our Town Fair?
Gil November 21, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Apparently this annual event is promoted by the restaurants along the tour. I will assume there is not any businesses willing to promote them at the entry of Middle River from the bay. At one time I could watch the event from my home but the boats are not coming that far down Middle River any longer.
Beth Jones November 22, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I will watch from my pier which across from river watch restaurant! Looking forward to it, as usual !! Good reason to have a party :)
Bob November 25, 2012 at 03:55 PM
It should have been a great event to watch and enjoy but, the schedule this year somehow got lost. We and 18 other were at Maryland Marina at 6:45 and was told that some came along Frog Motar Creek at least toSunset Cover but not past the marina docks at about 6:00. Is there any way to keep the parade on the posted schedule that is if it will be back in 2013??.

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