Boater registration opens for L.A. Harbor Holiday Boat Parade

SAN PEDRO — Boaters are encouraged to register now for the 53rd annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade on Dec. 5 at the Port of Los Angeles.

Invited to preside over the sparkling spectacular of boats is Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as Grand Marshal and 15th District Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino as Commodore of the Fleet to celebrate the nation’s largest international trade gateway with this year’s theme of “Santa’s Minions.”

Officials and community leaders will take part in the parade as judges or passengers on approximately 60 boats parading along the L.A. Waterfront. Participating vessels are of all shapes and sizes, including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships, and harbor working craft.

The vessel entry fee for the parade is $30, which includes one admission to the parade awards brunch on Dec. 6, at Los Angeles Yacht Club in San Pedro. Awards brunch tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door. Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Theme, Traditional, Humorous, Holiday Spirit, Best Animation, Commercial, Most Original, Children’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, and Grand Marshal’s Award. Yacht Clubs will be vying for the coveted Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the club with the most entries.

The deadline for boater registration is Dec. 2. Register online at For more information regarding the parade, sponsorship, or awards brunch tickets, visit the website, or contact Donna Ethington at 310-549-8111.

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