Celebrating 25 years of light

December 12, 2007

It wouldn't be the holiday season in Annapolis without a celebration of sailing.

And it wouldn't be the holiday season in Eastport without a wink at traditional celebrations.

The 25th annual Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade on Saturday night lit up Annapolis Harbor with an eclectic group of powerboats and sailboats wrapped in serious wattage.

Strings of lights artfully formed Christmas trees, a trumpeting archangel and even a Blue Angels F-18. One perennial entry, the powerboat Black Tie Affair, was simply loaded down with stuffed animals.

Thousands of bundled-up spectators, forced off of City Dock by the bulkhead reconstruction, instead lined the Spa Creek Bridge, the Naval Academy seawall and the dead-end streets of Eastport to squeal and clap as the 39 decked-out vessels slowly passed.

To mark the event's milestone, a fireworks display followed the parade for the first time.

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