A longtime favorite of locals and visitors to the area, this hugely popular South Bay event gets under way at 4:15 p.m. in the main channel of King Harbor.
As always, the Body Glove yacht Disappearance will lead off the parade.
In a special tribute to the late, great Bob Meistrell, his wife Patty and sons Randy, Robbie and Ronnie, will be the Grand Marshalls.
This year’s theme is Dive into the Season and boats participating in the parade will be judged by vessel type in several different categories. Awards will be given for Best Costumes, Best Lighting, Best Animation, Best Execution of Theme, Best in Fleet and the Overall Winner.
If you plan to observe from shore, you can do so from any number of vantage points in King Harbor Marina, from parts of the Redondo Pier and several restaurants with harbor views.
The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club, a parade sponsor, wants to remind everyone that the Portofino Lobby Lounge will be fully staffed and offering the full BALEENkitchen menu along with appetizers, cocktails, complimentary hot chocolate and the best view of the parade from the lobby.
In addition, The South Bay Show will be airing a live, two hour simulcast of the Holiday Boat Parade from KHYC beginning at 5 p.m. at http://BoatParadeRadio.TheSouthBayShow.com. If you're watching the parade from the Marina or Pier, you can listen to the program on your smart phone, tablet or laptop.
If you are unable to attend the Parade, you can watch a live video feed via Google Hangout at http://www.thesouthbayshow.com/king-harbor-holiday-boat-parade/. Connect your device to the TV and watch it on the big screen!
Proceeds from the event benefit the King Harbor Youth Foundation, Sea Scouts Ship #618 and the charity of choice of the Grand Marshall, the Switzer Learning Center.