Boats decorated with dazzling arrays of holiday lights and equipped with sound systems playing seasonal favourites thrilled thousands of spectators as Bermuda’s Christmas Boat Parade took place in Hamilton Harbour last night [Dec.10].
The always popular event saw over 70 vessels, ranging from expensive yachts to Boston whalers, make their way across the water, starting from the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel, travelling clockwise around White’s Island.
The Spirit of Bermuda led the parade, while the Police Marine section pulled double-duty last night, with the Police boat out monitoring for safety reasons and boasting decorative lights with Santa Claus aboard.
Boat #70 “Santa’s Ride” had two flames shooting out the back intermittently, some boats had Christmas music playing, while Cablevision’s entry had CEO Terry Roberson on board.
Bermudian specific themes could be seen, with a lighted Moongate, Bermuda kite, Goslings Black Rum logo and more on display. The Boat Parade was founded in 1998, and continues as a biennial event.
The night ended with a dazzling firework display [view firework photos here], and the sound of cheers, applause and gasps of delight could be heard echoing across the water as the sparkling fireworks display began to light up the night sky.
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