My favorite event of the year is the Mystic Lighted Boat Parade. What a way to kick off the holiday season! The cheering crowds and the excitement as the drawbridge lifts to reveal the boats all decked out in their sparkling holiday best. Every year we say we are going to dress up our boat and enter, but we opt to take the easy way out and just watch.
Here are some pictures of my favorite boats. I love Stars Wars, so I thought this boat was awesome! If you look closely you can see the storm troopers and light sabers.
This boat just made me smile with the happy snowman.
Here is a list of the winners, taken directly from the Mystic Chamber of Commerce press release:
GREATER MYSTIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF HOLIDAY LIGHTED BOAT PARADE
The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce hosted Santa Arrives by Tugboat & the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade on November 28, 2015 and saw record-breaking numbers of attendees and participants. With nearly 30 participating boats this year, the judges had some tough choices to make… the winners for the awards are:
Most Charismatic Crew: Kariann, a 31’ boat. Jerry Freidel’s boat featured a tugged whale
Innovative Vessel: Whistler, a 45’ wooden sword fishing boat. The team at Noank Village Boatyard presented Whistler with a Star Wars theme, complete with a lightsaber fight!
Best Dressed Vessel: Twice Bitten, a 17’ Boston Whaler Montauk. Peter Coope Jr., a first-time participant in the Parade, entered Twice Bitten all decorated in classic 1970s style.
Miss Mystic Vessel of Grandeur: Loon-A-Sea, a 46’ Post Sportfish. Brian Jendraszek and his team spent weeks creating a 22 ½’ tall Eiffel Tower from scratch and presented it on Loon-A-Sea at the event as a tribute to Paris and peace.