By Max Drews 

Boat parade lights up channel and town

Cruising into the holiday season


December 14, 2022

Nancy Crowell

A NIGHTTIME PARADE ON THE WATER – Christmas music and loud exchanges of "Merry Christmas" could be heard across the water as this year's boat parade made its way down the Swinomish Channel, bringing light and cheer after sundown.

"There are a lot of unique things in La Conner that you can't get anywhere else," noted Mark Hulst, director of the La Conner Chamber of Commerce last Thursday. The Swinomish Yacht Club's annual lighted boat parade may be at the top of Hulst's list.

Once again, the town found every parking lot occupied, every restaurant full and, perhaps, every hotel room booked as evening descended and people from across the region crowded the boardwalk on the Swinomish Channel ahead of the 6 p.m. parade start.

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