A Community Afloat
Opening Day Boat Parade in Friday Harbor Sunday May 1st
“A Community Afloat” (visualize a 4th of July parade on the water) is the theme of this year’s Opening Day Boat Parade sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club. The parade will be held Sunday, May 1st at 2:15 pm, with boats passing by Spring Street Landing and the Port of Friday Harbor Marina.
Boats of any size, whether power, sail, or human-powered, are eligible to enter the parade. Prizes will be awarded in four categories:
- Most creative display of the theme
- Nautical display of traditional signal flags
- Classic wooden boat
- and the Commercial category.
Registration is free, but entrants must register and receive a number to be in the parade. To register, visit www.sjiyc.com. The port of Friday Harbor is giving a free night of moorage on either Saturday, April 30th or Sunday May 1st to all parade entrants. To reserve a place, call Harbormaster Tami Hayes at 378-2688 or contact tamih [@] portfridayharbor.org.
The Parade Awards Ceremony will be held at the San Juan Island Yacht Club, 273 Front Street, at 4:30 PM. Boat parade participants, skippers and crews, are welcome to stay for a Steak & Prawn Dinner ($20/person) after the awards ceremony, beginning at 5:30 PM
Mike Close will announce the parade on the dock at Spring Street Landing. Sheriff Ron Krebs will serve as Grand Marshall.
Parade and Dinner registration information is posted at www.sjiyc.com. Contact Bill Robinson, Fleet Captain, (206) 399-6474.