Mother Nature rains on 2023 boat parade


December 13, 2023

Nancy Crowell

Bright lights on a rainy night I SAW THESE SHIPS A-SAILING – Members of the Swinomish Yacht Club opted to go ahead with their annual second Saturday of December lighted boat parade despite miserable weather that had people wondering all day if it would be canceled. The brightly lit boats delighted onlookers.

It didn't just rain on the Swinomish Yacht Club's Lighted Christmas Boat Parade Saturday night.

It rained hard after a gray day of steady rain.

But that hardly dampened enthusiasm for what has become a beloved La Conner holiday season event.

Downtown restaurants were filled with diners at tables with waterfront views. Folks wearing heavy coats and raingear and carrying umbrellas and glow-in-the-dark balloons on lighted poles made their way to the popular Swinomish Channel boardwalk, eager to see the lighted flotilla.

This year's theme was "Candy Land," and the decorated boats briefly pr...

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