Event of the Week: Newport Illuminated Boat Parade

The annual Newport Harbor Illuminated Boat Parade will take place Friday, November 29, at 6:00 p.m.

Any organization, business, or boat owner who would like to participate in the parade should contact Newport Harbormaster Tim Mills at (401) 845-5815. Participants are asked to register by 12:00 p.m. on November 29, 2019.

If the weather is questionable on the day of the parade, a recorded message with updated information will be available at (401) 845-5815.

The parade will begin traveling east (clockwise around Newport Harbor) leaving Newport Yacht Club (where judges are located) to port. The route will continue towards King Park and lighted Bell No. “3”. Boats will finish the least leg of the circle headed north back towards the Goat Island Causeway area.

Participating vessels may continue around the harbor and also are invited to temporarily dock at Newport Yacht Club for the awards ceremony and party. In the event of severe weather, call (401) 845-5815 for updates. Also tune to VHF 14 for announcements.

View from Newport Yacht Club (open to the public), Bowen’s Wharf, Bannister’s Wharf and all points around Newport Harbor.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best decorated sailboat – recreational
  • Best decorated sailboat – commercial
  • Best decorated powerboat – recreational
  • Best decorated powerboat – commercial
  • Best decorated fishing boat
  • Best decorated porch or docks
  • Most team spirit