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Bright Lights at the 13th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade

Posted by Jasmine Lee / Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Photo by Chester Simpson

The 13th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is clever.  Sure, traditional parades of floats built on the backs of trucks and large, inflated versions of mascots and cartoon characters are fun. But an aquatic parade? It’s like the cream cheese frosting on a red velvet cupcake: delightful. With a holiday event as interesting as this, it’s no wonder Alexandria was named one of HGTV’s Top 10 Christmas Towns.

While we welcome the arrival of the last month of 2012 next Saturday, dozens of decorated boats will be lit up and cheered on as they travel on the Potomac River. The parade will be led Alexandria’s very own fireboat Vigilant and D.C.’s John Glenn. And just an on-land parade, the “floats” will be judged by a panel of judges and awarded prizes ranging from “Best in Show” to “Thinking Outside the Christmas Box.”

At 3 p.m., before the main event, the Alexandria City Marina will be home to holiday festivities for the whole family; kids and pets  can snap a pic with Santa and everyone can enjoy hot cocoa and apple cider. Then, at 5:15 p.m., bundle up and look out for those very merry boats!

Oh, and did we mention it’s all free?


Dec. 1, 5:15 p.m.
Alexandria City Marina, One Cameron St., Alexandria
703-746-3301 /


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