Christmas in July: Boat parade Saturday on James
A flotilla of lighted boats will parade down the James River this weekend.
The 25th Annual James River Parade of Lights was rescheduled to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21, after inclement weather forced cancellation of the event at Christmastime, when it typically is held.
“We couldn’t miss the 25th anniversary of this cherished event, so we decided to make it a summer party with a ‘Christmas in July’ theme,” said Kimberly Conley, executive director of the James River Advisory Council, which sponsors the event.
Boats decorated with lights will parade down the 14-mile route along the James River from the city of Richmond to the Varina-Enon Bridge.
Viewers can see the boats at several public viewing areas at the listed approximate times:
Ancarrow’s Landing, 2000 Brander St., Richmond, viewing at 6 p.m.
Osborne Park and Boat Landing, 9530 Osborne Turnpike, viewing at 7 to 7:45 p.m., and Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, viewing 8 to 8:30 p.m.
Children’s games, activities and food vendors also will be set up at Osborne Park and Boat Landing and at Henricus Historical Park. Music by a DJ also will be featured at Osborne Park.
Viewers are asked to bring donations of nonperishable foods to support FeedMore, the area’s food bank.
Registration is still open for additional boaters to participate at www.jrac-va.org. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorations.