Venice Christmas Boat Parade…
Our lovely friends Beverly and Dave invited us to Venice for their annual Christmas Boat Parade Party. It is quiet the event every year! She sends invitations out one month prior and they are always adorable and very clear about what to bring and do. She then goes and stakes out her territory, this girl means business! This is done about two weeks before the parade! Yellow caution taped is used to mark the boundaries. Lawn chairs are even brought in early to lay claim to the property also. We love their passion for everything they do in life. There is no middle ground with them….one of the reasons we have hit it off so well together. On top of our mutual passions, we both became grandmothers last year! It is quiet amusing to me really!
I will tell you, they had one of the most elaborate set ups on the river for the parade. I was able to take a picture as she was setting up for the party.
The guests are starting to arrive…she even has Christmas music playing and name tags ready for them. The girl doesn’t miss a beat on anything! You can see why I love her so. Details, details, details!!!!! Just my style☺
The drawbridge is raised a few minutes before the parade to let the big lighted ships through.
I hope you enjoyed the parade! It is one of my favorite holiday events every year.
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- The Mr. ONE-derful post last week, was feature on The Crumby Mummy Blog yesterday. How fun is that?
- I made a huge decision this week! I am going to the Chic Retreat in Seattle! There will be eight celebrity photographers in one huge workshop in Seattle in May of next year! Lord have mercy, I can’t believe I really registered and sealed the deal! I must be crazy!! Are there any photographers out there that are willing to join me?
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Oh I love boat parades! But I have never seen one like this.
Thanks for sharing with Foto Friday,
Oh, I love this!
We live close to some man-made lakes and often at night we see boats all decorated on the water.
The reflections are always inCredible.
It would be quite neat to actually see a parade!
Thanks for letting me hang out at yours!
Beautiful parade and colors!
V is for..
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team
What a beautiful day!
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Rose, ABC Wednesday Team
What a beautiful parade!
Not quite what I expected, but then that’s often a good thing. Aforementioned daughter is honeymooning in the “other Venice” for Carnival in February.
Ah, a DIFFERENT Venice! Festive.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team
Oh how pretty are the boats!! I’ve been to a boat parade on July 4th but at night it would be so fun. She seems like a great hostess.
LOVE it! We have similar parades along the river, but it’s always so cold here! I think I’d like it much better where you are!
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What a great time with your friends. The boats lit up are amazing. Carver, ABC Wed. Team
Wow, I so love to see Christmas trees and lights.. So merry!
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Very colorful display!
It is also a giveaway for US residents, come and join if you like and qualify..
I’ve never heard of a Christmas boat parade before. It looks like great fun.
Beautiful event and fantastic photography ~ (A Creative Harbor) aka ArtMusedog and Carol ^_^
ps. We have a boat parade that is similar on Labor Day in MA
Christmas boat parade parties are great fun! I live on the Florida east coast and we have several boat parades here. If you ever get the chance to go to one you should really try to go.
What a beautiful, colorful Christmas parade! And different indeed! I love it! Terrific captures for the day! Have a great week!
Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.
Like the lights on the boats, very pretty:)
How fun! Have a fabulous week!
I’ve just added an item to my travel bucket list….go somewhere where they have a boat parade. That sounds so fun!
Christmas parades sure are different where you live from the ones where I live. :))
What a great day out! Beautiful shots of the boats at night 🙂
wow, different way to celebrate! Cold here.
Looks like so much fun, the lights are beautiful. Thanks for following along with us at June Makes Six. Have a great weekend.
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Greetings from the sunny coast of Norfolk
Portland and Seattle do the lighted boats too. I now live in Utah, it doesnt happen here. I miss taking the kids to dinner and watching the boat parade from the big glass window…They are good memories…You are going to have so much fun in Seattle! Good for you….Melinda
Oh what fun…she does it up right doesn’t she!!! Looks like a grand time. I am going to look into that photography retreat.
Oh what a wonderful party…and the boats… oh my..what a Christmas Treat! Love your photos.
So fun! My grandparents used to live in Venice! Thanks for sharing!
An interesting event for Christmas. I can see why you love it 🙂
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A Christmas boat parade! Love it (and have now put this on my bucket list!) Have a blast at the photograph workshop. Be sure to report back on what you learn/see/do.
What a fun tradition! We have an annual Christmas ship parade here in Portland. Boats tour both the Columbia and Willamette Rivers (alternating evenings). It’s probably a lot warmer where you’re at though. Have fun in Seattle. It’s an amazing city.
Great photos of the boat parade! Very different, and I’m sure it was a lot of fun.
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hi Laurie…looks like you had a beautiful evening! I am going to a lighted boat parade this weekend in California! Can not wait!!!
I LOVE Christmas boat parades …. saw one in Huntington Beach, CA. a few years ago. What a beautiful site to see!
So interesting to see a Christmas parade with a difference – I am used to it being on the road 🙂