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2020 Ring of Lights Waterfront Home Decorating Competition Winners

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Sweepstakes: Best Overall
Bruce & Viviana FaBrizio
1407 Bayside Dr., Corona del Mar

Lights and Animation – 1st Place
Shirley Pepys
526 S. Bay Front, Balboa Island

Lights and Animation – 2nd Place
John & Essie Bootsma
128 Via Lido Nord, Lido Isle

Best Theme: (Making the Best of 2020)
Darcy Marshall
1700 S. Bayfront, Balboa Island

Chairman’s Choice
Craig & Jamie Atkins
928 Via Lido Nord, Lido Isle

Best Traditional Lights
Robert Olson
351 East Bay Front, Balboa Island

“Green” Entry Award
Matthew Thomas
409 E. Edgewater, Balboa Peninsula

Photographer’s Choice
Scott Sarkisian
1006 East Balboa Blvd., Balboa Peninsula

Humor and Originality
Jeanne Lewand
343 East Bay Front, Balboa Island

Rookie Award
Scottie Upshall
3803 Marcus Ave., Newport Island

Best on Lido
Mike & Lori Gray
309 Via Lido Soud, Lido Isle

Founder’s Award
Gigi & Craig Lyons
2706 Bayshore Dr., Bayshores

StuNews Award
Balboa Angling Club
200 A St., Balboa Peninsula

Best on Peninsula
Todd & Kelly Roberts
1501 E Balboa Blvd., Balboa Peninsula

Judge’s Award – 1st Place
Jim & Judy Busby
111 East Bayfront, Balboa Island

Judge’s Award – 2nd Place
Geof Wickett & Norm Lessard
309 East Bay Front, Balboa Island

Best Yacht Club
Balboa Yacht Club (BYC)
1801 Bayside Dr., Corona del Mar

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112th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is canceled



To all the members of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade community,
After diligent, thoughtful and thorough consultation with City of Newport Beach officials, our Parade committee members, Chamber Commodores Club, Board of Directors and health professionals, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce has made the painful but prudent decision to cancel this year’s 112th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. We realize this decision has impacts on many levels for our sponsors, businesses, residents, visitors to our community and especially our dedicated boat owners and home participants. It is one of the most cherished traditions in Newport Beach, relying upon hundreds of donated volunteer hours and expertise and has become a signature event in Southern California.
Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill recognized the difficult decision by the Chamber to cancel the Parade this year. “I know how much the tradition of the Boat Parade means to the Chamber, the residents, business owners, and visitors to the City. Even so, the Chamber is to be commended for their leadership and sacrifice. I look forward to a bigger and better celebration in 2021.”
The decision to cancel was not made lightly. Clearly, many people will be disappointed, including us. Unfortunately, these are unprecedented times and the deep impact from COVID19 has affected almost every large event in Southern California and around the nation, including parades and festivals. Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Steven Rosansky noted, “It was our hope that conditions would improve or at least remain static. However, looking at what is happening across the country, as well as in our own backyard, that is simply not the case. Governor Newsom made it clear at his recent press conference that conditions are worsening across the State of California and that we need to put on the “emergency brake” to slow the spread of coronavirus.”
One bright spot is that the sister event to the Parade, The Ring of Lights, will still go forward. Homeowners around the harbor who decorate their homes and enter will still be judged and eligible to win in a number of categories. The winners will be announced on December 15th. Homes interesting in registering for the the Ring of Lights can register HERE.
Parade Co-Chair, Larry Smith reflected on the meaning of the Boat Parade, “The Parade has a century long tradition of being Newport Beach’s “Christmas Card to the World.” This year, our message must clearly reflect the safety and well being of all concerned. To all our partners, participants and supporters of this rich holiday tradition, we hope you will agree.”

Marie Case, Skipper of the Commodores Club, stated, “We want to thank all of those boaters who have signed up for the Parade and the Boat Parade Committee volunteers for all the time and effort they have already invested in this year’s Parade. The spirit of our Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade tradition will be felt this year as lights shine for the holiday season around the harbor and will shine even more brightly in 2021.”

Celebrate Our Newport Beach Local Heroes

Although the Official Parade has been canceled this year, the brightest lights still deserving recognition are some of our local frontline heroes and representatives from local charities who make a difference every day that were selected as our Grand Marshals. A local charity will also be featured to draw awareness to important causes that impact our local community.

Thank you to our boat and home participants, volunteers, Commodores, staff, event partners and sponsors, restaurants, boat charters and local businesses, viewers and the entire community for making last year’s parade and Ring of Lights one to remember!

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