By Olivia Anderson | [email protected]
The 21st annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights took place on Saturday, with more than 50 illuminated boats taking to the Potomac and competing for prizes in 10 categories.
The parade opened with Alexandria’s fireboat “Relief” and Washington D.C.’s fireboat “John H. Glenn” and closed with the “Ever Vigilant Fire Boat 57” from the Prince George’s County Volunteer Marine Fire and Rescue Station 57.
The Best of Alexandria Show went to “Santé” and Captain Daniel Ricks for their light display “Coexist,” while Best Powerboat went to “Kairos” and Captain Tipper Williams Bradford for “Santa & His Cast of Characters.” Best Sailboat was awarded to Dark Star and Captain Doug Savage for “The Island of Misfit Toys.”
The creative Thinking Outside the Christmas Box award went to “Tuesday” and Captain Joseph Landa with “Oompa Lumpa”; the award for Most Holiday Cheer went to “Party of Five” and Captain Alan Trombley with “Spooky Christmas” and the award for Best Spirit of America went to “Aggie” and Captain Tamara Collum with “New Year’s Eve Countdown Party.”
Meanwhile, Most Spirited Crew went to “D’Entanglement” and Captain Dayton Harrison with “D’Entangled Christmas Wonderland”; Best Theme went to “Surprise” and Captain Sarah Ollila with “X-mas Files”; Hardiest Soul went to “Miss Behavin” and Captain Kirt Barbee with “Gillian Island” and Best Try went to “Knot Tide Down” and Captains Peter Furness and Rita Martin with “Jurassic Christmas.”