Winning Boats Announced for 14th Annual Parade of Lights December 9, 2013

Claire Mouledoux, 703-652-5367

Winning Boats Announced
for 14th Annual Parade of Lights

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The 14th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sparkled at Alexandria's historic harbor on December 7, 2013 when nearly 40 colorful and brightly lit boats cruised the Potomac River. Crowds packed waterfront parks and the docks at the Torpedo Factory Art Center to see boats compete in 11 categories. The parade delighted spectators in Old Town before cruising by the Washington, DC Southwest Waterfront for an encore performance.

The parade's Best in Show went to Firefly, a 25-foot sailboat featuring a tribute to the classic film A Christmas Story, complete with a leg-shaped lamp and the crew dressed in pink rabbit pajamas. The Colonel's Lady snagged Most Animated with the theme "Moonwalking Dinosaur" after transforming the boat into a massive Tyrannosaurus Rex whose light-strung legs danced to music. The yacht Act of Grace took the prize for Thinking Outside the Christmas Box with a giant menorah protruding from its deck.

The complete list of 2013 winners:
Best in Show - Firefly, Cpt. Dave Easter
Best Sailboat - Stargazer, Cpt. Susan Antoinette
Best Powerboat - Tar Keel, Cpt. Justin Chambers
Most Animated - The Colonel's Lady, Cpt. Matt Martelli
Most Holiday Cheer - Morale Gear, Cpt. Jodie Knox
Thinking Outside the Christmas Box - Act of Grace, Cpt. Walter Weiss
Hardiest Souls - Triple Trouble, Cpt. John Mein
Best Theme - Jobsite, Cpts. Darrell & Claudia Edgar
Most Spirited Crew - Unusual Attitude, Cpt. Jeffrey Leach
Best Spirit of America - Plan B, Cpt. Samuel Hepford
Best Try - Pistrix, Cpt. Doug Wood
Honorable Mention - Wii Fish, Cpt. Valerie Whitcomb
Honorable Mention - Big Blind, Cpt. David Hays

The parade was emceed by WTOP's Man About Town Bob Madigan and judged by Jody Manor of Bittersweet Café & Catering and the Waterfront Market, Willem Polak of the Potomac Riverboat Company, Stephanie Landrum of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and Dee Beresford from the Old Dominion Boat Club Board of Governors.

Dockside festivities presented by RedPeg Marketing began at the Alexandria City Marina at 3 p.m. Santa arrived by boat to take free photos with kids and canines, and revelers enjoyed live performances by the Braddock Brass Band. This year's boat parade was sponsored by the Old Dominion Boat Club in partnership with the Washington Waterfront Association with support from the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association.

The parade was the culmination of a day jam-packed with holiday festivities throughout Old Town Alexandria, including the 43rd Annual Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk parade, the Campagna Center's Holiday Designer Tour of Homes and A Soldier's Christmas at Carlyle House.

See why HGTV named Alexandria a "Top 10 Christmas Town," and delight in special events throughout the season. Start a new family tradition and snap photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Old Town any Saturday and Sunday until Christmas, or take the Holiday Trolley to George Washington's Mount Vernon, strung with Christmas decorations throughout the holiday season. Revel in seasonal cheer and find a new home for the holidays in extraordinary Alexandria. Plan your visit at

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