Newport Illuminated Boat Parade to Return for 22nd Year

Saturday, November 09, 2019

GoLocalProv Lifestyle Team

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PHOTO: Newport Shipyard

The Newport Illuminated Boat Parade will return for its 22nd year.

The parade will take place on Friday, November 29 at 6 p.m.

“This year, the parade committee selected Susan Maffei Plowden of Jamestown as the 2019 Parade Marshall. As CEO of Suma Events, ‘Suma,’ as she is known locally, has managed and orchestrated the most prestigious events in nearly every international sailing arena including the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, the Olympic Games and other racing circuits in locations as far afield as Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand in addition to regattas throughout North America and Europe,” said Harbormaster Tim Mills.

It can be viewed from Newport Harbor’s waterfront from the Newport Yacht Club (open to the public for the event), Perrotti Park, Bowen’s Wharf, Bannister’s Wharf and points around Newport Harbor.

The Parade

The parade will feature a variety of watercraft that call Narragansett Bay home including leisure boats of all sizes, commercial fishing boats, tugboats, and Coast Guard and Navy vessels.

Boats will compete for first place in the following categories: Best Decorated Sailboat (commercial and recreational), Best Decorated Powerboat (commercial and recreational), Best Decorated Fishing Boat, and finally, historically the parade’s most entertaining category, Most Team Spirit.

An awards ceremony will immediately follow at the Newport Yacht Club.

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