Grand Marshal Lineup Announced for 108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Mickey Mouse, Olympians, Entertainers, Marching Band and Heroes Lead The Parade

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, the nation’s longest running lighted holiday boat parade, cruises into its 108th year of annually electrifying the Newport Beach Harbor during five consecutive nights, December 14-18, 2016, with beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes, and a sparkling line-up of Grand Marshals.


Exciting festivities include fireworks and an amazing all-star Grand Marshal line-up as follows:  

  • Wednesday, Dec. 14 – Mickey Mouse, from the Disneyland® Resort.  The Disneyland® Resort’s magical Main Street Electrical Parade – which will be returning to the Anaheim park for a limited run in early 2017 – is celebrated on the opening night of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade as Mickey Mouse and the resort’s Ambassador serve as Grand Marshals for that evening.  The Disneyland® Resort also is kicking off the boat parade with its own colorful Main Street Electrical Parade-themed boat, sure to delight the locals and visitors who cherish the sights and sounds of the famous parade.  Two traditions combine to create one of the most sparkling Christmas presents ever!
    • Fireworks help to kick off this year’s event and can be seen lighting the sky over the Newport Beach Pier at about 6:15 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 15 – Salute to Local Olympians: The official Grand Marshal boat leads the parade with local USA Olympians who grew up in Southern California…
    • Three-Time Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor 
    • Gold medalist Kaleigh Gilchrist
    • Gold medalist Maddie Musselman
    • Two-time gold medalist Courtney Mathewson
    • Three-time Olympian and silver medalist Merrill Moses

  • Friday, Dec. 16 – “The Voice” Season Contestants: Alumni from the hit NBC singing show “The Voice” lead Friday’s nights spectacular. The former contestants include…
    • Nick Hagelin – award-winning singer/songwriter whose soulful voice and loving spirit earned him a strong run on Season 10
    • Peyton Parker – a contestant on Season 10 where she earned a three chair turn and a spot on Team Blake
    • Kylie Rothfield whose music was called unique, honest, and expressive
    • Adam Wakefield – finished second overall on Season 10 of The Voice and became the highest charting artist on The Voice Season 10. His original song, “Lonesome, Broken and Blue” hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top 100 songs chart.
    • Will Champlin – holds his own from playing Piano on Michael Jackson’s last record, reaching top 3 of season 5 of The Voice, to most recently co-writing ‘Wolves’ from One Directions ‘Made in The AM’ record. His songwriting work on Heather Headley’s 2010 “Audience of One” earned him 2 Grammy wins.
    • Paxton Ingram – is a an artist best known as a finalist on The Voice, Season 10. His debut EP, Recover is available digitally now and Paxton is as bold as ever. Debuting at #90 on iTunes’ highly coveted Top 200 Albums Chart. Paxton sings with a maturity far beyond his years, revealing a more adventurous and vulnerable version himself throughout the EP. With introspective and openhearted stories layered with complex and cinematic pop production. Recover serves up brave confessions (“Folding my hands – I’m praying to forget” he admits on Barricade). Making Paxton Ingram a definite must watch artist of 2017.

  • Saturday, Dec. 17 – A Special Salute to Hometown Heroes. The closing night performance of the spectacular boat parade features a salute to the Newport Beach local heroes – those first-responders and lifesavers who serve our local communities.  Cheer as these selfless professionals lead the parade.

  • Sunday, Dec. 18 – Members of USC Trojan Marching Band. A perennial crowd-pleaser for their performances and showmanship, this night’s Grand Marshal duties are given to “The Spirit of Troy” — the most dynamic and innovative collegiate band in the nation. Named among the 8 best marching bands in the country by USA Today, the USC band provides tireless support of USC athletic teams and leaves crowds cheering wherever they perform. This will be a great way to help kick off the closing night’s fireworks.

“Our Christmas Boat Parade has become an honored tradition for over one hundred years now, and it just keep getting bigger and more spectacular,” remarks Steve Rosansky, president and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. “We have a terrific line-up of Grand Marshals, fireworks for our opening and closing nights, and millions of sparkling lights across our beautiful harbor.”

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