2015 Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
Lights Parade Route and Tips for Spectators
Wherever you go, be there before 6 p.m., when the darkened harbor suddenly bursts into light. It's an impressive moment!
The Lights Parade will take place along the Annapolis Spa Creek waterfront, below and above the bridge. For information on access points, check out the Parade Map above.
Dress Warmly: Comfort over style. It's amazing how cold it can get when you stand in one spot for a couple of hours.
Remember, there will be two fleets changing positions every hour or so. Don't leave just because the boats seem to.
Radio: WNAV Radio 1430 will be providing live coverage of the parade with roving reporters from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will report on the winners at 10 p.m. Winners also will be announced over marine radio Channel 72 at 10 p.m.
Where to Watch the Parade:
Eastport Bridge: If it's a warm or still night, this is the best vantage point. You can see the fleets both above and below the bridge and get a close-up look as they pass through the bridge. Note: The bridge will be closed to vehicles but open before the parade, at 6:45 and again at 7:45 p.m.
Naval Academy: The length of seawall bordering Spa Creek offers a long, unobstructed viewing area. Check ahead for naval Academy security regulations that will be in effect.
City Dock: This is a perennial favorite spot for viewers where there is the choice of watching the boats collectively as they parade in the harbor or individually as they negotiate Ego Alley. The Alley spot offers the closest possible look at the decorations as well as the chicken wire and PVC pipe that support them. NOTE: This year, the boats will not enter Ego Alley due to construction and construction may limit public access to Susan Campbell Park. There may be good viewing locations at the foot of Prince George Street. Watch this space for updates.
Harbor Queen: One fine vantage point at City Dock will be Watermark's Harbor Queen, moored at the end of the dock and conducting the "Queen of All Food Drives" during the parade. Bring a donation of non-perishable food, pet food items, or cash and you'll be welcomed aboard. The boat will be decked out in holiday finery and onboard entertainment and snacks and beverages for purchase. Read more here ...
Other Spots: If you have friends with offices, homes, or boats along the harbor, this might be a nice time to renew acquaintances. Otherwise, the walkway in front of Annapolis City Marina in Eastport, or any of the streets that dead-end at the harbor or Spa Creek are good spots to view the parade.
1. Market, Shipwright & Revel Streets
2. Acton Cove
3. Southgate, Taney & Cheston Avenues
4. Lafayette Park
5. Monticello Avenue
6. Primrose Rd. (Truxton Park)
7. Burnside Street
8. Fourth Street
9. Third Street
10. Second Street
11. First Street
Please note that the EYC Clubhouse will be open only to EYC members, their families, and invited/accompanied guests.
You can watch the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade anywhere around the world on any mobile device or HD TV set. We'll post instructions soon on how to see this great Annapolis event!