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VIDEO: Annual boat parade launches in California

It was all lights on deck as the 108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in California launched in the harbor Wednesday night.

It was all lights on deck as the 108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in California launched in the harbor Wednesday night.

Mickey Mouse led the way as grand marshal and the Disneyland Resort supplied a float honoring the planned January return of the Main Street Electrical Parade to its home park.

About 80 boats, yachts and other floating vessels traveled the 14-mile route around nearly the entire harbor, affording views to thousands of spectators.

“It’s about bragging rights for the boat owners,” Jeff Parker, chief operating officer of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, told The Orange County Register. “The skippers in Newport Beach are a tight-knit bunch. They love to one-up each other.

“I have heard that some of the boat owners will spend upwards of $50,000 to decorate their boats,” he said. “But they also bring a lot of underprivileged kids along for rides in the harbor during the parade.”

The parade will be held nightly through Sunday, starting at 6:30 p.m.

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