FIRST ANNUAL KEOKA LAKE LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

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Saturday, August 27, 2022
7:00 pm
 
Jointly sponsored by:

Keoka Beach Campground (KBC)
and
the Keoka Lake Association (KLA)


Printable Documents:

Parade Information

Route Map

Boat Decorating Tips

Please join us for the First Annual Keoka Lake Lighted Boat Parade!  We hope you will participate as a boater or spectator in this celebration of lights to bring joy to everyone on Keoka Lake.  It is being organized by Bill Robichaud, a lifetime camper at KBC and a member of the KLA Board of Directors.

 

Details:

Eligibility.  Anyone who has a boat on Keoka or can put one in is welcome to participate.  (Boat owners from other lakes should check their boats and remove any plant material before putting in).

It’s a parade!  All the boats will gather, form up in a parade and then circumnavigate Keoka on a counterclockwise course.  If you are not on a boat, please come out to the shore and enjoy the show.

Decorate and light your boat.  It’s a Lighted Boat Parade:  Be creative, Google boat parade ideas.  Go with whatever theme you like (Margaritaville, Gilligan’s Island, Toy Story, Disco 70s, Christmas, Halloween, etc.)  See the Boat Decorating Tips.

Do I have to decorate?   No.  If you prefer to parade with just your running lights, we would love to have you.  But you won’t be eligible for the prizes.

Prizes.  There will be four prizes generously donated by KBC and KLA in the form of gas at the Keoka Beach gas dock:

  • First Place - $150 in gas

  • Second Place - $100 in gas

  • Third place - $50 in gas

  • Last place (THE WORST DECORATED BOAT!) - $25 in gas at the Keoka Beach gas dock. 

The electric boat “To The Point," any sail boats, and any other non-power vessels that are awarded a prize will receive equal cash value of food, beverage, or merchandise at The Store at Keoka Beach Campground. 

Winners will be announced at the end of the event and posted by KBC on the Keoka Seasonal Facebook page and by KLA on the keokalake.org website.   Prizes will be on file at The Store at Keoka Beach Campground for your convenient use.

Parade Logistics:
  • Gathering Point  Off of Stan’s Boathouse (see the course map) - Arrive between 6:45 pm and 7 pm.

  • Start  The parade will start heading around the lake when everyone has lined up.  Lead boat will announce the start at approximately 7:00 pm.

  • Registration Please fill out the registration form at the bottom of this page.  Everyone is welcome to participate but only registered boats will be eligible for the prizes.

  • Display your Number  Once your registration is received, you will be assigned a number.  Please display your number on the STARBOARD side, midship for the judges.  Your number does not have to be incorporated into your design but should be easily seen by the judges. 

Note, this number is for judging reference only and does not apply to your place in line during the parade.

  • Judging Station will be on the Keoka Beach Campground gas dock.  Judges will be from KBC and KLA.

  • The course (following behind the lead boat) is counterclockwise.  It will proceed East along Keoka Beach Campground continuing up around Rocky Point into Stone’s Cove then proceed North up to Starbird Point, continuing West to the town beach and finally South past Kokosing ending at Stan’s Boathouse.  See the course map.

  • Cancellation If cancelled, the announcement of cancellation will be posted on the KBC Keoka Seasonal Facebook page and on the KLA keokalake.org website.  You can also call/text Bill Robichaud for an update at 781-789-4974.  There is no rain date for this event.

 

Safety Requirements:
  • All participants should comply with inland waterways Rules of the Road.

  • Necessary navigation lighting requirements and safety precautions are recommended.

  • Headway speed during parade (approximately 5 knots.)

  • Stay in the parade line.  Do not weave.  Maintain safe distance from other vessels.

  • Be aware of extremely shallow waters close to shore and random rock outcroppings in some parts of the lake.   If you are not familiar with an area, stay well offshore and follow the lead boat.

Disabled Vessels & Emergencies:
  • If you have a problem and must leave the parade, turn off your decorating lights and pull out of the parade line.

  • If decorating lights fail, you can pull out of the parade line and re-enter when fixed.

Questions?  Contact Bill Robichaud 781-789-4974

Having 
Fun 
Together

Please register for the Keoka Lake Lighted Boat Parade.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Join in the parade at the gathering point off Stan's Boathouse between 6:45 & 7:00 pm.  (See above for route map.)

You will be contacted with your registration number after we receive this form.

Please note, there will be no rain date for this event.

Questions? E-Mail:  KeokaLakeAssoc@gmail.com

Thanks for registering!