The 2015 Christmas Ships Parade season is upon us. We'll be parading on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers for 15 nights. There are six nights where we have a combined fleet. The other nine nights, each fleet parades it's respective river.
We have well over 60 boats signed up. They are fairly evenly divided between fleets. We have about 15 new boats in the parade this year which means 15 new light displays!
As much as we'd like to be able to control the weather during the parade season, mother nature does not allow it. 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. Please be sure to check our home page for any Weather Alerts that may impact our schedule.
Please be safe when coming out to a river's edge to see us. The waters are swift and cold this time of year.
We'll be sending out position reports via Twitter on most parade nights. Look for either #ColumbiaFleet or #WillametteFleet at www.twitter.com/ChristmasShips.
We, at Christmas Ships, Inc. look forward to seeing you out there again this year.