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It's earlier this year, it promises to be bigger and better, and it's a great way to kick off the holiday season. Get ready for the annual Lake Amistad Parade of Lights, an on-the-water boat parade that offers a charming way to get into the spirit of the coming holidays and the perfect event for the entire family.

November 4th is the date to circle on your calendar for this year's version of the Parade of Lights, scheduled earlier than ever before to avoid holiday event conflicts, like office parties and Christmas concerts.

“We’re also hoping the earlier date will give us more participation from out-of-town entrants in the parade,” a parade official reports.

The parade will begin at the Diablo East Marina, proceed on the water to Governors Landing, pass under the U.S. Highway 90 bridge, and continue to the Air Force's Southwinds Marina and then to Amistad Dam before turning around and heading back to the Diablo East Marina.

Four spectator viewpoints: Amistad Dam, Governor's Landing, the Southwinds Marina, and the Diablo East Marina.
The parade will begin at approximately 6:45pm on November 4. Entries must be received by 5:00pm October 28, 2006.
For a $25 per boat entry fee, there are three entry divisions: Houseboats of all lengths, pontoon and deck boats, and all other boats, including sailboats.
Don't have a boat? No problem. Lake Amistad Marina's fleet (Forever Houseboats) is available for rent by the public, for only the cost of the fuel. Rentals are only available through the marina by calling (830) 774-4157.

The parade is scheduled to begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 4 after a 5 p.m. check-in for parade entrants at the Diablo East launch ramp courtesy dock.

Organizers said Friday they know the event will be a thing of beauty, but they’re hoping it will be highly competitive as well.

Parade participants are encouraged to decorate their boats to reflect any holiday theme, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween and the Fourth of July.

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