The Lighted Boat Parade is a Smith Mountain Lake holiday tradition. It somehow always manages to sneak up on me, so I wanted to make sure you all knew about it to mark your calendars accordingly for:
November 11, 2023
Held early in the season in order to accommodate those who plan to winterize their boats, this flotilla of fancifully decked-out-decks is as much fun to participate in as it is to watch!
The pre-party begins at 5pm at Portside Grill and Bar, home of the Virginia Dare which acts as the stunning Grand Marshall of the parade. No registration is required to join in, but the marina is collecting toys, warm jackets, gloves, and hats for the community leading up to and during the night of the event.
The boats will weigh anchor at 7:00pm and start a slow cruise up to Bridgewater Plaza and back.
So, start plotting your decorating scheme or, if spectating is more your speed, make plans to gather along the parade route to usher in the season in our hometown's uniquely nautical way!