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05/02/2018: "May 6 FH Opening Day Boat Parade"


Big boats and little boats, matters not, all are invited to the Friday Harbor waterfront at 2:15pm on Sunday, May 6th, for the island’s annual Opening Day Boat Parade - visualize a 4th of July parade on the water. The parade can best be viewed from Spring Street Landing and adjoining waterfront locations.

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for the island’s annual Opening Day Boat Parade - visualize a 4th of July parade on the water. The parade can best be viewed from Spring Street Landing and adjoining waterfront locations.

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(Lummi-designed by Matthew Wickey -file photo )



The parade’s theme is “A Community Afloat” - inviting all community members and organizations to participate. This year we are highlighting our “Our Island Stewards”, the organizations that contribute to the health, beauty and resilience of our island home. In keeping with this theme, Chris Guidotti, San Juan Area Manager of Washington State Parks will be our Grand Marshall.

The parade will mark the first public showing of the 2 Lummi travelling canoes built by Spring Street students under the supervision of a Lummi elder.

Boats will parade before local dignitaries and judges with prizes awarded in five categories: most creative display of the theme, nautical display of traditional signal flags, classic wooden boat, human-powered craft, and commercial.

Boats of any size, whether power, sail, or human-powered, are eligible to enter the parade. Registration is free, but entrants must register and receive a number to be in the parade. Register online at www.sjiyc.com. The Port of Friday Harbor is giving a free night of moorage on either Saturday, May 5thth or Sunday May 6th to all parade entrants.

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 Lasagna Dinner ($15/person) after the awards ceremony, beginning at 5:30 PM

Steve Percer will announce the parade on the dock at Spring Street Landing. The parade is sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club in partnership with the Port of Friday Harbor.

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