Boats light up the night at annual parade of lights

Boats light up the night at annual parade of lights

Hundreds of bundled-up spectators lined the docks at Alexandria Marina Saturday night to watch the 11th annual Burke and Herbert Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. 

More than 50 vessels entered this years competition, which featured a maritime caravan of creatively decorated boats cruising down the Potomac River, lighting up the frigid night sky. Judges watched the boats from the Cherry Blossom during a VIP party hosted by the Potomac Riverboat Co. and WTOPs Man About Town Bob Madigan emceed the event. 

The Best in Show award went to Capt. J. Gasons Patriot Dreams. Alexandria-based RedPeg Marketing joined the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association and the Washington Waterfront Association in organizing this years parade and dockside festivities. 


Award Name – Vessel Name Owner
Description of Dcor/Theme    
Best in Show – Patriot Dreams – J. Gaston                                          
Church of Our Lady of Sea Ray complete with stained glassed windows and a steeple
Best Powerboat – Hi C’s – Larry Chandler           
Giant polar bear in lights
Most Spirited – Inappropriate – Brian Rochford
Twister light-up Twister board plus people playing Twister on the bow
Thinking Outside the Christmas Box – Tuesday – Joe Landa        
Save the Ta-tas pink ribbon theme for Breast Cancer Awareness
Most Animated – Becky Lynn – Brandon Bowers
Blinkey-Flashy Spinney Stars
Best Sailboat – L’Attitude Adjustment – Mark Silcox
Cruzan Christmas 55 foot Christmas tree with presents underneath
Best Spirit of America – Crowes Nest – Tom Crowe
The Grinch cartoon movie projected on sail a classic American Christmas movie
Hardiest Souls – Endless Summer – Steve Brown
Hula girl touch of the tropics with a Hawaiian style Christmas
Best Try – Kayla Jane – Mike Cusamono
Spirit of Christmas Disney theme on the bow and Frosty with reindeer on the stern
Best Theme – National Potomac Yacht Club
Nativity scene on 11 Boats including wise men, camels, and star
Best Holiday Cheer – Act of Grace – Walter Weiss 
Honorable Mention All Hands on Beck Dave Beck
Smokin Red Hot Christmas with swinging red lights