We'd like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who made our 2014 60th Anniversary Christmas Ships Parade season such a success. Here are some of the highlights from our 60th season:
- We had record ship participation on both rivers. On the Willamette, we averaged about 16 boats each night, with a high of 22 boats. On the Columbia, we averaged about 19 boats each night, with a high of 33. We'd like to see those records broken next year on more than just a few evenings, hint hint.
- We had many new ships join us this year with great unique displays that quickly became fan favorites (Ex., The Leg Lamp from the movie A Christmas Story).
- One of the Christmas ships even participated in a cleverly orchestrated wedding proposal (she said 'yes').
- Mother Nature decided to be uncooperative on one evening with extremely high winds. We had to cancel that evening. Safety is our primary concern.
- We started making use of Twitter this year to send out live position updates during the parade. We missed a few evenings, but for the most part it worked well and our fans appreciated knowing our position. We'll continue and improve upon that effort for the 2015 season.
- We were filmed by KGW News for their Live at 7 segment:
- As we do each and every year, we had a fun and festive Christmas season.
The weather during the Christmas Ships Parade, at times, provides quite a challenge to the fleet. It is only through the sheer dedication of the intrepid captains of all these wonderful ships that the fleet can overcome all but the most severe weather. The fleet is much like the post office, they'll be there through rain, snow, and of course, dark of night, all because these skippers love what they do and love being part of such a great tradition.
The increased contact we see through the web page here, as well as through our Facebook page and Twitter feed, further cement the incredible interest shown for this event. Christmas Ships Parade fans not only show up to visit us in all sorts of weather, but they're actively involved in communicating with the leadership, sharing pictures and videos, making donations, and offering suggestions on how we can better serve our fans. You support is invaluable, and we thank you for all you do for us.
The 2015, 61st Christmas Ships Parade season will be here before you know it. Already, Christmas Ship Skippers are planning their decorations for the year. You too can be a part of this wonderful tradition, taking part in something special to many men, women and children of the greater Portland/Vancouver area. Just click on the "Join Us > Benefits" menu to find out why you should become a Christmas Ship Skipper, then sign up! Fullfill that dream, check off that bucket-list item, be part of something great - Join the 2015 Christmas Ships Parade!
We, at Christmas Ships, Inc. look forward, with great anticipation, to seeing you out there again this year as we parade our boats on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.