Best of Alexandria Show - State of Comfort (Photo: E. Michio)

More than 50 beautifully illuminated boats competed for prizes in a dozen categories at the 18th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. D.C. media personality Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM and NBC 4 served as the parade announcer, engaging with crowds of locals and visitors who came out to experience one of the region’s most beloved holiday traditions at Alexandria’s historic waterfront. The mile-long parade was led by Alexandria’s fireboat Vigilant and Washington, D.C.’s fireboat John Glenn.

The Best of Alexandria Show went to State of Comfort, led by Captain Brian Johnson, which presented a musical karaoke concept, “Have a carolOKE Christmas.” Best Powerboat went to Stimulus Package and Captain Greg Drenter for “Christmas Angel,” an illuminated blue angel with animated wings. Best Sailboat went to Wisp and Captain Tim Fontana whose crew celebrated the Capital Yacht Club’s 125th anniversary with a Capital Yacht Club flag in red, white and blue lights. Other notable entries include Hardiest Soul winner FLOTUS, a canoe and paddleboard duo led by Kelsey Semrod, and a new category added for the evening, Best Spirit of Harmony, which was awarded to Nalani and Captain Daniel Ricks for “COEXIST/Rainbow Trees.”

The parade was presented by the City of Alexandria, Visit Alexandria, the Old Dominion Boat Club and Potomac Riverboat Company who wish to congratulate the winners and thank all of the participating boats who made such a spectacular event.

Best Powerboat - Stimulus Package (Photo: E Michio)

The 2017 winning boats are:

  • Best of Alexandria Show - State of Comfort
  • Best Powerboat - Stimulus Package
  • Best Sailboat - Wisp
  • Best Spirit of Harmony (New Category) - Nalani
  • Best Spirit of America - Beach House
  • Thinking Outside the Christmas Box - Cyganka
  • Most Animated - iechyd da!
  • Most Holiday Cheer - Anamchara
  • Most Spirited Crew - Letter of Marque
  • Best Theme - Kairos
  • Hardiest Soul - FLOTUS
  • Best Try - O'Sea Dee

The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is part of Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend which also features the events of the Campagna Center’s Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend. Dockside festivities of the day included Santa Claus arriving by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina at 3 p.m. and then walking into the Torpedo Factory Art Center to greet children and families. From 4 to 7 p.m. at the marina, the Fresh FM Street Team presented music, games and prizes while new paper goods boutique Penny Post presented a postcard pop-up inviting visitors to write an old fashioned postcard to Santa or a loved one that will be mailed for free. Parade-goers enjoyed activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center which was open until 9 p.m. with its annual Holiday Festival from 2 to 6 p.m.

The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is part of a Potomac River holiday tradition with the District’s Holiday Boat Parade taking place the same evening at 7 p.m. at The Wharf in Washington, DC.

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