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Lacey Lights Boat Parade Returns Sept. 15

Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed boats and restaurants will have specials

The Lacey Lights Boat Parade is returning a little later than usual this year. On Saturday, Sept. 15, more than 12 boats will light up the bay as they ride along the Barnegat.

The annual tradition is under new management, MarineMax, after the former organizer decided to no longer run the parade.

“They were going to cancel it and I found out about that,” Joe Gozdieski of MarineMax said. “I along with the local businesses decided to take it over.”

MarineMax, Captain’s Inn, the Forked River House, Rella’s, Rick’s Marina, Sea Tow, Latitudes, Townsend’s Marina and Tide’s End Marina banded together to continue the Lacey tradition.

The parade will begin at sundown.

“We want anyone and everyone,” Gozdieski said. “We need boats to celebrate.”

The event will feature thousands of dollars in prizes. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed boats in three size categories: boats 23 feet and under, boats 24 to 32 feet and boats 33 feet and over.

Each of the sponsoring restaurants will also be having specials following the parade, Gozdieski said.

“We’re trying to make it an annual local event in September,” he said, adding that the parade used to be held in August. The even would be specifically for locals at the end of summer time. “We want to make it a nice party.”

As of Thursday, approximately 12 boats were registered for the parade but Gozdieski expects more by Saturday evening.

“Come enjoy it and have some fun,” he said.

Click here to register your boat.

3y3h34rtCl1ft0n September 14, 2012 at 07:01 PM
"banned together?" Doesn't the author mean "band together?" And Latitude's--I was pretty sure it was short for Latitudes on the River, no apostrophe because the Latitudes don't own anything. Sorry to be a buzzkill but I'd expect more carefully checked grammar from the editor.
Mimi Neuhaus September 14, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Sailor September 15, 2012 at 03:55 AM
To 3y3h34rtCl1ft0n: Good grief! It's a boat parade, not mid-terms. Try not to be so tense, watch the parade, and just enjoy it.
SDP September 15, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I have a summer home on the South Fork of the river. For future events, August is the much preferred time of year.......my family, friends have enjoyed the parade for over 25 years and always looked forward to celebrating a family get-together and making this the 'big event'. It was something to close out the summer, especially, before the Kids went back to school. This year we were all disappointed. September doesn't cut it. Also this is first time we in the area are hearing about tonights parade.
Laura Schoeneberg September 15, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Cant Wait! So happy you are keeping this tradition. Great veiw from Latitudes on the river:)
John M September 16, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Great time at the tiki tonight. Hopefully there are more entrants next year and it's better advertised. Fun time regardless.
grace September 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
lol i knew nothing about it until too late was there any adverstising?


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