Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade expected to draw thousands this week

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Wednesday marks the first night of the annual Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach. (KABC)

Wednesday marked the first night of the annual Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach.

This is the parade's 109th year, making it one of the longest-running holiday traditions in the country.

Hundreds of dazzling lit boats -- both large and small -- sailed through tranquil waters along the 14-mile route on Wednesday. All of the vessels were outfitted with holiday decorations.

Thousands of spectators are expected as the parade continues every night through Sunday.

It starts at around 6:30 each night. A spectacular fireworks show was featured Wednesday and will be held again Sunday.
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