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Volume 5, Issue 42  |  May 26, 2020

Best seats still available for Christmas Boat Parade hosted by Sons of the American Legion

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to attend a holiday event at the American Legion-Squadron 291, which is typically open to “members only.” In the spirit of the holidays, come join the Sons of the American Legion on Wednesday, Dec. 18 and Thursday, Dec. 19, when the best seats for viewing the 111th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade are made available.

There will be more than 200 boats, yachts and other watercraft passing by, artfully decorated. Many will have cheerful holiday music with carolers on-board, and boaters will be waving to the crowds on shore, wishing all a happy holiday. It is truly an evening of fun for the entire family.

Viewing takes place on the patio of the American Legion, with proceeds benefiting the Sons of the American Legion’s programs helping our local troops, veterans and their families throughout the year.

Come join the festivities with a Mexican Christmas Fiesta theme, complete with mariachis, a visit from Santa, face painting for the kids and a caricature cartoonist. A catered dinner buffet by Taco Revolution includes chicken noodle soup, chile rojo, grilled chicken, vegetable fajitas, rice & beans, corn & flour tortillas, brownies, aqua fresca (fruit-flavored water), tea, coffee and cocoa.

Best seats still available

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Community seating will be pre-assigned on the patio. Most tables accommodate six guests, however you can pre-pay for multiple tables near each other. If you are a small group, you will be sitting with other people at the table. (Early reservations get priority!)

Donations: Adults, $30 and children 2-10 years of age, $15. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible, and include a complimentary dinner. Reservations are required, as no tickets will be sold at the door. To make a reservation, leave a message for Donna at 949.386.0489, who will return your call promptly.

Tickets for a nightly Opportunity Drawing will be sold in November and December ($25 for 3; $10 for 1), for a chance to win for three incredible prizes, which include: Grand Prize – A Trip to Kauai, Hawaii for seven nights with accommodations at the Kauai Shores Hotel in Kapaʻa (north of Lihue on the Royal Coconut coast); 2nd Prize – Dinner for two at five different restaurants throughout Orange County; 3rd Prize – Taco Catering Party by Taco Revolution for 30 guests at your home. The drawing will be held on Sunday, Dec. 22. The three winners need not be present, if they included their name and phone number on the winning ticket. 

Gates open at 4 p.m.; dinner starts at 5 p.m.; and the Boat Parade passes by around 6:45 p.m., with entertainment following the Parade. There is a No Host Bar with cocktails and wine with a $10 corkage fee (wine only). No outside food or hard liquor will be allowed on the premises.

Parking: For Non-Members – There will be parking on the grass at the Veteran’s Park next to the American Legion. There will be parking staff to guide you. However, this will fill up by 5:30 p.m. There is also street parking, and Sons of American Legion suggest carpooling or taking LYFT or UBER. For Members – first come, first served in the Post 291 Parking Lot. Please arrive early to secure the best parking options, as it will be extremely busy. Dress warmly for this event on the patio with great dockside views of the Parade.

The American Legion is located on the Balboa Peninsula at 215 15th St.

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