Large Boat Parade Instructions

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Large Boat
Parade Instructions

Start Time 6:00 PM

Assembly: The big boat entries will assemble East to West, heading East along Lido Lane, off the sea wall in front of Naples PlazaAll Large Boats will assemble and follow the #1 boat and the Large Boat Parade map outline

The big boat entries will assemble East to West, heading East along Lido Lane, off. 

Start Time:  6:00 PM. Please be in the staging area early. Start out slow and easy. The start tends to act like heavy traffic on a freeway, surges cause stop and go traffic. Start slowly if you need to catch up, do it slowly. Keep a couple of boat lengths between you and the boat in front of you. Late entries falling in at the rear of the Parade will be judged.

Beginning:  Participants will line up along Lido Lane. Caution: Do not get too close to the docks and leave your boat plenty of space to maneuver.  Do not be concerned with position, if possible try to stay in numerical order, otherwise just find a place behind the lead boat.


Parade Route:
  Begin at the Naples Plaza Park and head west along Vis del Golfo, bare right and continue along Corso di Napoli toward Belmont Shore.  At the end of Treasure Island bare right again, along the houses on the Naples side of the channel, continue towards the 2nd Street bridge.  Turn-around 180 degrees before the 2nd Street bridge and follow the swim buoys along Bayshore drive and the Peninsula. Pass the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and proceed East down the main channel towards Seal Beach, again turn around 180 degrees in front of Koury’s restaurant. Continue West along the restaurants, staying on the right side of the channel, bare right past the Marine Bureau, along Basins 1,2,3, staying seaward of the diversionary seawall between Basins 2 and 3. Continue up the channel toward the Davies Bridge, make a 180 degree turn prior to the bridge, around the channel marker in front of the Sea Scouts Base, return along Basin 4, past the Long Beach Yacht Club, around the corner and finish at the end of Appian Way.

Caution: Small boats and Kayaks will be in the channel the same time you will be. Small boats will probably bunch-up in front of the entrance to the Naples Canals. Keep a look-out when passing this area. The small boat division will be traveling in the opposite direction as the Large Boats. Small Boats are instructed to travel closest to the seawalls and Large Boats are instructed to travel seaward of them, closer to mid-channel. "An accident-free Parade is a Successful Parade".

   Boats will be judged on Theme, Lights, Music, Costumes, Originality and Best Over-All boat. An early arrival will ensure Judges more time to view your expression of the Holidays.

   Upon completing the Parade please be courteous to those boats behind you who may still be participating in the Parade. 

 Safety Requirements & Suggestions

Fire Extinguisher: All boats with motors are required to have adequate fire extinguishers.

Extra Fuel: If you need to refuel during the Parade, use a closed spout type container to minimize spills. Have a qualified person standing by with a fire extinguisher.

Life Preservers: There must be at least one Coast Guard approved life preserver on board for each person on your boat. Children 12 and under must be wearing their life preserver at all times.

Towlines: A towline is required. The towline must be at least 1.5 times the length of your boat or 15 feet, whichever is longer. The line must be adequate to tow your vessel in the event it becomes necessary to do so. The towline must be securely fastened to the bow of you boat prior to leaving the dock.

Flashlight: a Strong flashlight is required.

Drinking and Trash: Drinking and driving a boat not only carries severe legal consequences but endangers your life and the well being of those around you. We as the parade organization risk the loss of our insurance carrier and support of City officials. The continuance of the Parade relies on every person conducting themselves in a "Tidy" and "Orderly" fashion. "No Alcohol is permitted at our Event" and "Please pick up your Trash" 


Be educated be prepared:
The U.S. Coast guard has information and instruction classes available for the general public at little or no cost. Please visit the following website for more information.

Name Signs: Signs displaying the name of your entry are highly recommended. Letters should be 6-8 inches high and affixed amidships on both sides. If only one sign is used place it on the port side.

Generators: For electric power, a generator is hard to beat. If you have a generator you need to have a fire extinguisher. Handy Nabor Rents at 1733 E. Anaheim Street has generators for rent.

Music: a PA system is essential if sound is important to your boat. Please be reasonable, other boats need to be heard as well.

Lighting: If you plan to use floodlights, they should be placed as high as possible, shinning down on your boat. Viewers will be looking down at your boat. Low lighting will shine up into the crowd’s eyes making it difficult for them to see and appreciate your decorations. Spare bulbs are a good idea.

Costumes: Theme costumes can add a great deal to the quality of your entry.

Boat Maintenance and Fuel: Service your vessel on a day prior to the Parade. You will need up to three hours of fuel. Running out of gas is not an option. A broken down boat is not only humiliating but an inconvenience for friends, family and other members of the Parade.

Engine Failure: Move out of the Parade route and secure your vessel. You must quickly get your boat to the side and out of the way of the Parade. You must stay with your boat or run the risk of impound. At the end of the Parade you may seek assistance from harbor personal.

Any Emergency: Use your flashlight or spotlight to signal the nearest Harbor Patrol or Harbor Police vessel. Please only request assistance when truly needed, so as to leave our Officers available to help someone who may truly have an emergency.  

"The Port of Long Beach"

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Proud Sponsor's of the Naples Annual Holiday Boat Parade

Click here to download a pdf. of the Large Boat General Instructions 

                                Click here to downloan a pdf. of the Large Boat Parade Map

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