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.
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 bag of non-perishable food, pet food items, or a cash donation ($10 recommended) and you'll be welcomed aboard. Beverages and snacks available for purchase and proceeds benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. (Last year, even with the canceled show, over 300 lbs of food was donated, along with more than $1700.) Read more here ...
EYC Lights Parade Dinner & Cruise aboard Catherine Marie: Start with delicious dinner at the Severn Inn, then board Catherine Marie for dessert and champagne to view the parade. Price includes dinner and cruise plus dessert on board. $145/person (this event usually sells out). For more information on public boat events EYC Lights Parade viewing, visit CruisesOnTheBay.com.
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
A Note on Parking
The parking site for this year’s parade will be the garage at Park Place, 100 Westgate Circle. There will be signs on Rowe Boulevard and Taylor Avenue directing visitors to the garage. The Free City Shuttle will circulate every ten minutes from Park Place to downtown and from there back to Park Place until 2:30 AM. The Shuttle can be hailed anywhere along the route.
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.
A live feed will be broadcast during the parade at the Annapolis Smokehouse
Keep an eye on these pages as we continue to add updated news and announcements about the parade, and for the registered skippers.