The Annual Petaluma Lighted Boat Parade was another year of fun sponsored by the Petaluma Yacht Club at the Petaluma River downtown.
A flotilla of holiday decorated boats filled the turning basin downtown to celebrate the holidays and to welcome Santa. It’s always been one of Petaluma’s featured and spectacular holiday traditions.
The history of this parade is quite interesting….it was actually started a quarter century ago by club members who sailed up the river from Gilardi’s Landing to the Turning Basin until it dawned on them that few could actually see the boats until they neared the downtown area. Now the parade is from the Petaluma Marina to the Turning Basin.
The first Lighted Boat Parade featured three boats. That number has grown to more than 35 boats in addition to an assortment of canoes and kayaks. Hundreds of people from not only Petaluma, but from all over the Bay Area line the Turning Basin to watch the spectacle. Depending on the tides, boats gather at the marina around 5:30 p.m. The parade starts at 6 and reaches the Turning Basin around 6:30.
Petaluma is just 25 minutes from “At The Bay’s Edge” and offers many wonderful restaurants and activities as well.