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When the Mighty Potomac becomes a Parade of Lights

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Dec 29,2011
Filed Under Entertainment , Local Style,
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Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Guests enjoy the party about Miss Mallory.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Guests enjoy the party about Miss Mallory.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Forty colorful and brightly lit boats participated in the 12th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights earlier this month.

Cruising down the Potomac River, they passed crowds that packed waterfront parks and the docks behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center to see boats compete in over a dozen categories. Several of those viewers were aboard Miss Mallory, part of the Potomac Riverboat Company fleet, for Charlotte Hall’s annual viewing party.

Photo Courtesy of the ACVA<br /> <br />Boats parade down the river in view of the Capitol.
Photo Courtesy of the ACVA
Boats parade down the river in view of
the Capitol.

The parade was emceed by WTOP’s Man About Town Bob Madigan and judged by Jody Manor of Bittersweet Café & Catering, Dee Beresford of the Old Dominion Boat Club and Nancy Belmont of Belmont, Inc. and co-founder of Imagine Alexandria.

Festivities began at the Alexandria City Marina behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center prior to the parade. Santa arrived by fireboat to take free photos with kids and canines, and revelers enjoyed live performances by the Braddock Brass Quintet and the Langley "Saxon" Dance Team from Langley High School in McLean.
 
This year’s boat parade was produced by RedPeg Marketing in partnership with the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association and the Washington Waterfront Association.
 
2011 Award Winners:
 
Best in Show: The Dugout Too

“Christmas Gone Wild” (Creatures of the North Pole)
Captain Alan Glascock
 
Most Animated: Crowe’s Nest
“Santa & Weiber the Whale” (Sailboat)
Captain Tom Crowe
 

Photo Courtesy of the ACVA<br /> <br />Motor boat
Photo Courtesy of the ACVA
Motor boat

Best Sailboat: Latitude Adjustment
“SEAS-ons Greetings” (Large wreath and snowglobe)
Captain Mark Silcox
 
Best Powerboat: Hi C’s
“Find your way home for the holidays”
Captain Larry Chandler
 
Best Holiday Cheer: Devil Juice
“Winter Wonderland” (White lights and wreaths)
Captain Scott Cataline
 
Thinking Outside the Christmas Box:Clandestine
“Surfing Santa”
Captain Laura Sa
 
Hardiest Soul: Iron Manta
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (With Whoville and Mount Crumpit)
Captain Shayne Kondor
 
Best Theme: Cyganka
“A Tiki Christmas” (Sailboat)
Captain Dan Parilla
 
Heritage Award: Next Step Up
“Wonderful time of year” (Blue and white ice)
Captain Scott Akers
 

By Gale Curcio<br /> <br />One of the larger participants in the parade.
By Gale Curcio
One of the larger participants in the parade.

Most Spirited: Act of Grace
Captain Walter Weiss
 
Best Spirit of America:Inappropriate
“Patriotic”
Captain Brian Rotchford
 
Best Try: Becky Lynn
“Star Light, Star Bright”
Captain Brandon Bowers
 
Honorable Mention: Kayla Jane
“Spirit of Christmas” (Flags, stars, and lights)
Captain Mike Cusumano


Photo Courtesy of the ACVA<br /> <br />
Photo Courtesy of the ACVA
"Santa & Weiber the Whale" take the prize
for Most Animated.


Photo Courtesy of the ACVA<br /> <br />Turtle<br />
Photo Courtesy of the ACVA
Turtle


Photo Courtesy of the ACVA<br /> <br />Santa mermaid
Photo Courtesy of the ACVA
Santa mermaid




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