Lighted Boat Parade Returns to Napa River: Photos

Another Napa Valley tradition made its holiday appearance Saturday night: the lighted boat parade on the Napa River. Do you have photos, too? Share them here.

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Jennifer Wesley December 09, 2012 at 07:08 AM
I didn't know anything about it.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 09, 2012 at 07:14 AM
I'd been asking around but couldn't find anyone who knew when it was going to be taking place. Robert surprised me with these photos. Thanks, Robert!
Sharkgirl December 09, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Didn't know about it until this article. Bummer. I would love to have taken my son.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 09, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I really hope next year the skippers will let folks know in advance and list it in our free calendar on Napa Valley Patch (napavalley.patch.com/events/new). Robert told me only a few people were out watching, probably because nobody knew it was coming.
Julie capito December 09, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I was waiting for this - a notification would have been nice! I miss it every year. How do we get on the list?
s.w. December 09, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I am really starting to get annoyed with Napa...all these events happen and don't give prior notice. Those of us who have stuck around and live here with a young family would love stuff to do with our children (not to mention for free!), minus alcohol!! Seriously a big bummer....
Amber Schueler December 09, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Awe I am sad! We had no idea either! We would have loved this! I think maybe the people who put it on should have done better marketing for it. Next year I hope they do!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 09, 2012 at 09:07 PM
It's a private group of yacht owners, I believe, rather than a municipal event.
Mary Richardson December 09, 2012 at 09:19 PM
When I saw the photos, I thought it was just me who hadn't been paying attention this year .... I love the lighted boat parade!
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 09, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I'm not sure, but don't they all sail out of the harbor/docks that are at the end of Jefferson? There is a dead end street, we used to go out and fish from the banks. I recall seeing some of those yachts decorated, I think.
Mark Mathews December 09, 2012 at 11:46 PM
This great traditional activity of free willed Americans will be banned, once the dictates of extreme progressives force the boat owners off the river due to the waste of fossil fuels; you just wait and see...
Mary Richardson December 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I've seen some of the decorated boats in the past out at the Napa Marina.
Scott Yeager December 10, 2012 at 01:46 AM
LOL. de·lu·sion n. 1. a. The act or process of deluding. b. The state of being deluded. 2. A false belief or opinion: labored under the delusion that success was at hand. 3. Psychiatry A false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness: delusions of persecution.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 10, 2012 at 01:53 AM
OKay Mark, I'm waiting... Any idea how long this might take? I mean, should I just call for a pizza? Or does this wait involve stocking up on food and toilet tissue? I'd really like to know, because I have a massage with a mani/pedi on Friday.
V_Therese December 10, 2012 at 07:28 AM
If they went to all of that work putting on those lights, certainly they are still on there for the rest of the holiday season? Maybe they can do an encore parade? The river is there every night!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I got to ride along on one of the boatsmany years ago, when I was with KVON. Audio only, alas! But somewhere I think I still have a recording of the sound of traffic passing over the old Maxwell Bridge grid deck, as we yachted along underneath it. One thing I discovered is that it's no small job lining up that many boats, even under power, in parade formation on a river of limited width and variable depths.
Mary Richardson December 10, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Roger that, Louisa!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I just checked out my radio story about the 2004 boat parade. There were three times as many boats that year! Can you imagine 27 lighted boats on the river? Anyway, the folks at the NV Yacht Club say they'll be sure to loop us in next year but just to be on the safe side, make a note on your 2013 planner: My source says the parade is "usually the first weekend where tides are favorable. The boats leave from our dock at 100 Riverside Drive and tour the neighborhoods of River Park and the Napa Yacht Club. The water downtown is too shallow for boats to go upriver like we used to." Anyone who wants to hear that radio story can email me at louisa.hufstader@patch.com and I will send the audio file - it is less than 7MB.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 02:51 AM
First DECEMBER weekend.


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