This year the parade will follow a longer route passing by Fortman and Grand Marina to include the Alameda and Island Yacht Clubs. Staging between Wind River and the Fortman Marina’s public pier as the sun goes down. Starting about 5:30pm the boats will proceed down the Alameda side past Encinal and Oakland Yacht Clubs, where they judges are.
Proceeding down the Alameda side past the Rusty Pelican where the boats will cross to the Oakland side and pass by the Port of Oakland, Scott’s and Kincaids conintuing down the Grand Marina where the parade will turn and make its way past Grand Marina and Fortman Marina back to the staging area at Wind River.
Pay attention this year, the route is a little longer so Fortman and Grand Marina’s and the Yacht Clubs can be part of festivities.
Staging will be between the Public Pier at Fortman Marina and Wind River Buildings. The parade will start at dark and proceed West past Encinal and Oakland Yacht Clubs. Get your best holiday spirit on as this is where the judging happens. Be sure and keep 100 feet between you and the boat in front. This allows the judges time to look at each contestant and rate them. This is also where Fred Fago, Photographer extraordinaire, will take that shot that will go over the mantle for years to come.
Proceed to the Rusty Pelican before turning across the Estuary to JLS! There will be some boats assisting you to know where to turn and to help maintain that critical 100 feet. From JLS proceed east to the Gran Marina Harbor Master building and turn back to the Alameda side. Proceed back to the staging area and do it one more time for those who couldn’t come earlier.