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Christmas Boat Parade set for Sunday afternoon

One of Ketchikan’s holiday traditions is the Christmas Boat Parade, when local boat owners decorate their vessels with lights and sail up and down Tongass Narrows.

The parade this year is set for late Sunday afternoon. Organizer Jon Dorman, who is the assistant fire chief for the Ketchikan Fire Department, says that so far, a SEAPRO vessel and the city’s fire boat are the only ones in the parade, but he hopes many more will join.

“We’re hoping for as many boats as we can get. It’s been real popular in years past, and anybody who wants to participate, just throw some lights on and come on down to Peninsula Point,” he said. “We plan to leave about 4:30 on Sunday.”

From Peninsula Point, the Christmas Boat Parade will head south toward downtown Ketchikan. It will continue on to Saxman, then boats will turn around and come back to downtown Ketchikan.

For more information, contact Dorman at the fire station.

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