The milestone 30th Annual Santa Cruz Lighted Boat Parade is now accepting applications for this year’s participants.

Mariners throughout Santa Cruz County are invited to participate by decorating their boats for the parade, which takes place annually on the first Saturday in December.

This year, the parade begins at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 5. This year’s theme is Moonlit Starry Night. The Santa Cruz Yacht Club will be awarding prizes in six categories: power boats (small and large), sailboats (small and large), as well as people-powered boats and stationary boats in harbor slips or dry storage. Due to safety concerns, paddle-boarding during the parade will not be permitted.

Register: Santa Cruz Yacht Club website,, click on 2015 30th Annual Lighted Boat Parade link.

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