Boat parade draws big holiday crowds

Special to the PRESS

Holiday cheer was afloat Saturday evening as the 28th Annual Lighted Boat Parade made its way from Port Isabel to South Padre Island, with around 10 boats participating this year. Spectators lined the waterways to view all the festively decorated vessels, with the calm, still night making for perfect viewing as the lights twinkled and reflected on the glassy waters of the Laguna Madre Bay.

Taking 1st place in the power 19-29-foot division and best overall was Noe DeLeon for his entry “Having Faith,” which featured two tall, silvery lit trees, a festive Christmas tree, and a sparkly reindeer on top. Marco Castellanos, owner of the vessel Pura Vida, won 1st place in the power 30-foot and over division, with Santa perched on the deck holding a fishing pole and reeling in a marlin.

On hand to enjoy the festivities were former South Padre Island Mayor Bob Pinkerton, along with his wife Maria. Maria commented, “I thought it was great – the weather was perfect and I thought all the boats were gorgeous.”

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