The 53rd Annual L.A. Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade is coming December 5

November 28, 2015 by Christina Champlin

The nation’s busiest international port is putting on a spectacular holiday light show and you’re totally invited!

Come celebrate the Los Angeles Harbor community at the 53rd Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade on Saturday, December 5 at the Port of Los Angeles as roughly


Los Angeles Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Kelli Bernard is the Grand Marshal this year and 15th District Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino will take helm as Commodore of the Fleet with this year’s playful theme of Santa’s Minions.

There will be an estimated 60 participating vessels of all shapes and sizes, including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships, and harbor working crafts will parade along the LA Waterfront dressed up in their best holiday lights.

Officials and community leaders will participate in the parade as judges or passengers on the sparkling vessels and trophies will be awarded to the most dazzling entrants.

So stop by the beloved tradition. Fun (and free) for the entire family.

Additional details below.

Sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade will start in the East Basin near Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington. Vessels will take approximately 90 minutes to cover the entire parade route through the Los Angeles Main Channel.

Spectators can view the parade from several points along the LA Waterfront, including:

Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington
Cruise Ship Promenade, Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street, San Pedro
Battleship IOWA, 250 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro
Los Angeles Maritime Museum, 600 Sampson Way, San Pedro
Downtown Harbor, 504 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro
Ports O’ Call Village, 1100 Nagoya Way, San Pedro
22nd Street Landing, 141 W. 22nd Street, San Pedro
SS Lane Victory, Berth 46 (at the end of Miner Street), San Pedro
Cabrillo and Holiday Harbor Marinas, 285 Whalers Walk, San Pedro

Before the parade at 4:00pm patrons are invited to attend a holiday party at Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington.

During the parade, at 6:00pm, the Port of Los Angeles will host a special Holidays by the Sea event at Downtown Harbor in San Pedro.

Home viewers can watch the parade in the comfort of their own homes by tuning into Los Angeles CityView Channel 35. For air times, visit www.lacityview.org.

If you wish to enter your boat in the parade the deadline for entires is December 2; register online at laharborholidayafloat.org.