Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade expected to draw thousands this week

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Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Wednesday marks the first night of the annual Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (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.