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2023 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade winners announced

The 115th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade took place December 13-17, lighting the harbor in dazzling splendor as extravagantly decorated boats of all sizes were invited to join the parade, and boat owners entertained guests, while competing for awards recognizing their decorating efforts with lights, music, animation and an exhilarating spirit of the season. Fireworks on the opening and closing evenings and an inaugural in-air three-night drone show added to the holiday merriment.

Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the five-night parade including the Hallmark Channel Grand Marshals Andrew Walker and Nikki DeLoach (who helped kick off the parade in festive style), will long be remembered by participants, residents and visitors alike.

Congratulations to all the Boat Parade winners!

Sweepstakes Winner – Bill Lusk Award: The Last Hurrah (Space Boat, #50), Bob Meadows and Cathleen Vick

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Sweepstakes Winner – Bill Lusk Award: “The Last Hurrah”

Sweepstakes Winner – Non-Commercial: MY WAY (Griswold with Chimney, #6), Les Davidson

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Sweepstakes Winner – Non-Commercial: “MY WAY”

Best Use of Lights:

First Place – Pedazo Fino (Snowman, White Out, #19), Edward Hedge

Second Place – Alure (Red & White, #67), Lance Charlesworth

Third Place – On the Rocks (Green Machine, #32), Guy La Rocque

Best Animation and Special Effects:

First Place – Radiance (Blue Lights, #68), Guy La Rocque

Second Place – Sea’s the Day, #30, Michael Lohman

Third Place – Pao Pao, #4, Paola German and Richard Yang

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Best Humor and Originality – First Place: “Full Circle”

Best Humor and Originality:

First Place – Full Circle (Dolphins, #26), Don Haid

Second Place – Athena, #24, Kallins Family

Third Place – Light the World, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, #28, Jared Turner

Best Boat Under 30 Feet:

The Rose Marie (Duffy, #3), Ron and Rose Cram

Best Music: Paradise Found (Disco Snoopy Boat, #20), Greg and Nor Killingsworth

Best Sailboat: Mayflower (Red Pirate Ship, #55), Andrew Mayhugh

Best Power Boat: Paradise Found (Disco Snoopy Boat, #20), Greg and Nor Killingsworth

Best Yacht Club Entry (American Legion Yacht Club): Valor (American Legion and United States Flag), Mike Novak

Best New Entry: Marluv (Grinchy, #56), Kris Gomez

Most Entries from a Yacht Club: Balboa Bay Club

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Best Sailboat – “Mayflower”

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Best Music and Best Power Boat – “Paradise Found”

This year’s Boat Parade judges (overseen by Joe Stapleton) were: Jack Callahan, Marie Case, Antonella Castro, Tom Cuomo, Marc DiDomenico, Riley and Emily Hayes, Ashley Johnson, Jackie Lamm, George and Gina Lesley, Josh Malter, Justin McKibben, Susie McKibben, Nicole Naughton, Nicholas Prytherch, Alexandra Taylor, Jaril Tudio, Justin Watt, Anika Wilson and Laurel Zaeske.

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Photo by Joe Stapleton

Boat Parade Judges braved the cold on Friday night (Dec. 15), seated on the dock at the Balboa Bay Resort

Thank you to all the Boat Parade Committee, participants, judges, volunteers and presenting sponsors – Simple Green and Davey’s Locker – as well as community sponsors, the City of Newport Beach and Visit Newport Beach.

A special Christmas Boat Parade Awards event will be held to celebrate all the winners of the Boat Parade and the Ring of Lights.


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