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City Pulse: Port O'Connor readying for its lighted boat parade

By JR Ortega
Dec. 4, 2013 at 6:04 a.m.

The Port O'Connor lighted boat parade kicks off at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Spectators can expect about 30 boats decked out in holiday-themed decorations.

The lights dancing and reflecting on the waters of Port O'Connor during the chill of December is sure to be a sight to behold.

At least 30 boats will chug along the Intracoastal canal, fully decked out in Christmas themes Saturday, said Patti Elkins, director of the Port O'Connor Chamber of Commerce.

"It's just a great way to kick off the holiday season," she said.

Parades are many this holiday season, but we, too, are excited for this coastal city's take on "parade."

Some boats, Elkins said, have fisherman Santa Clauses while others have dolphin decorations sporting a red nose, like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Elkins said the parade is quite unique to our area and definitely worth heading out to.

People can park for free and walk to the docks along the canal, Elkins said.

Not only is the parade something to see, but it is also a competition.

Those in the parade are being judged midway through the route by a panel of judges. Many locals join the different categories, Elkins said, from the small boat division to the big boat division, and there are many chances to win prizes.

The lighted boat parade also benefits Freeport's annual toy run, Elkins said.

After all, you're living along the coast, so you might as well do things Gulf Coast style, she said.

"It's darling," Elkins said. "They put on a great show."



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