The Lighted Boat Parade will be Friday, Nov. 29, at 7 p .m. at Coolidge Park along the Tennessee River.
The Lighted Boat Parade is a long-time tradition of this riverside community, with boat owners of all types decorating their vessels for the holiday season. Approximately 40 boats participate and sail between the Walnut Street Bridge and Olgiati Bridge. During the parade, holiday music is played, food and drink concessions are available and a live Nativity scene is on display.
Following the boat parade, a fireworks finale signals the illumination of more than 130 downtown buildings, bridges and parks for the winter season.
This year the Lighted Boat Parade will coincide with the new Chattanooga's Gifts That Give Hope. Gifts That Give Hope provides an opportunity for people to give back to their community and honor their loved ones at the same time. Santa will be on hand for photos at the carousel, which will also be open during the event.
Local non-profits participating in Gifts That Give Hope include Chattanooga Cares, The Forgotten Child’s Fund, Toys for Tots, Room in the Inn, Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, Prison Prevention Ministries, Volunteers in Medicine and McKamey Animal Center.
The Lighted Boat Parade is sponsored by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union and Sunny 92.3.