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Lacey Lights Boat Parade Returns

Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed boats and restaurants will have specials

The Lacey Lights Boat Parade is returning a little later than usual this year. On Saturday, Sept. 15, more than 12 boats will light up the bay as they ride along the Barnegat.

The annual tradition is under new management, MarineMax, after the former organizer decided to no longer run the parade.

“They were going to cancel it and I found out about that,” Joe Gozdieski, of MarineMax, said. “I along with the local businesses decided to take it over.”

MarineMax, Captain’s Inn, the Forked River House, Rella’s, Rick’s Marina, Sea Tow, Latitude’s, Townsend’s Marina and Tide’s End Marina banned together to continue the Lacey tradition.

The parade will begin at sundown.

“We want anyone and everyone,” Gozdieski said. “We need boats to celebrate.”

The event will feature thousands of dollars in prizes. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed boats in three size categories: boats 23 feet and under, boats 24 to 32 feet and boats 33 feet and over.

Each of the sponsoring restaurants will also be having specials following the parade, Gozdieski said.

“We’re trying to make it an annual local event in September,” he said, adding that the parade used to be held in August. The even would be specifically for locals at the end of summer time. “We want to make it a nice party.”

As of Thursday, approximately 12 boats were registered for the parade but Gozdieski expects more by Saturday evening.

“Come enjoy it and have some fun,” he said.

Click here to register your boat.

Lori September 15, 2012 at 06:33 PM
wheres it start and stop, where can we park etc
SB Girl September 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM
And it's a little late to publish on the 16th???
Madeline Veira Attanasio September 16, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Too late to post this!
Jacqueline Ferrara September 16, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Why even bother publishing this article. It should have been re-written in the past tense. I bet there would have been more boats if this was posted earlier.

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