Lighted Boat Parade Is Friday, Nov. 29

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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 and parading on the Tennessee River. Held on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29, from 7 - 8 p.m., the event officially kicks off the Christmas season for many Chattanoogans. The evening starts with a lighted parade of approximately 40 boats decorated for the season, which circle between the Walnut Street Bridge and Olgiati Bridge.

 

During the parade, spirits are warmed with holiday music, food and drink concessions and a live Nativity scene. Following the boat parade, a glittering fireworks finale signals the illumination of 130+ downtown buildings, bridges and parks for the winter season when over 120 downtown buildings are lit from street to sky.

This year, the Lighted Boat Parade will coincide with the new Chattanooga's Gifts that Give Hope, also to be held in Coolidge Park.  Chattanooga Gifts that Give Hope is being coordinated by Jill Yarbrough in honor of her late father and community philanthropist Porter Yarbrough.

Gifts That Give Hope provides an opportunity for people to give back to their community and honor their loved ones at the same time. Instead of buying traditional holiday gifts, shoppers honor their friends and family by donating to local nonprofits and supporting those who are not on anyone's list.   For each donation that is made they receive an attractive card describing their donation to give to as a gift.

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: 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. Go Fish of North Chattanooga will be selling Fair Trade items.

The Lighted Boat Parade is sponsored by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union and Sunny 92.3.


A Moment Of Stardom Competition Offers Local Singers The Chance To Win A Recording Session

The Friends of Hixson is hosting “A Moment of Stardom”, an amateur singing competition, on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. Contestants will take the stage at Abba’s House to perform in front of their community and a panel of judges.  The winner of the contest will receive a professional recording session, donated by Life Care Centers of America. Auditions will be held on Sept. ... (click for more)

Air Quality Forecast For Saturday and Sunday

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau announces the weekend air quality forecast. Friday:  52 (Moderate) Fine Particles - Air quality is forecast to be in the moderate range with fine particles predicted to be the dominant pollutant. Health Message:  Unusually sensitive people should limit prolonged outdoor exertion. Saturday:  54 ... (click for more)

Family Forced From Home After Storm Blows Tree Down

As a severe thunderstorm blew through the Chattanooga area Sunday afternoon, high winds knocked down a large tree onto a house around  4 p.m.  at 1105 E. 13th Street. Captain David Thompson, Jr. said no one was injured, but the damage was severe enough that the family would have to stay elsewhere  tonight . Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast ... (click for more)

Michael Wilson Back In Bradley County; Due In Court On Monday

Michael Wilson is back in Bradley County, and was escorted into the Correctional Facility around 8:15 p.m. Wilson’s first appearance in court will be on Monday, at 9 a.m. in the Bradley County General Sessions Courtroom at the Judicial Complex at 2290 Blythe Ave. Wilson was arrested last week, after e ndangered Bradley County child Skyla Wilson was found safe in Colorado ... (click for more)

Pedestrians Have The Right Of Way - And Response (3)

Often I visit Gold's Gym at Chestnut and 4th Street. I  park in the theater parking lot at Broad and 4th Street.  I depend on the walk signs to get me there safely.  Most days I almost get hit by someone turning left or right coming from the exit ramp off 27 or turning right on 4th street from Chestnut. This happened yesterday as I was almost mowed down by a garbage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Girls - ‘I Can And I Will’

Every night after the Rodriguez girls went to sleep not that long ago in a grim, rat-infested basement apartment on Chicago’s South Side, their father – a boxing referee who came to America from Puerto Rico -- would kneel beside the girls’ bed and whisper in each child’s ear. Their parents made them sleep hot-dog style, tightly wrapped in the same sheet and pressed together to protect ... (click for more)