The annual boat parade has celebrated 61 years of festive light displays, delighting Los Angeles and its visitors. Head to the LA Waterfront for the Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade in the Port of Los Angeles Main Channel.

Officials and community leaders are judges or passengers on approximately 50 parade boats that include vessels of all shapes and sizes. Powerboats, sailboats, tall ships, and harbor working craft are all taking part in the parade sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles and the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club.

Parade Route
The main body of decorated boats will stretch about one(1) mile, as the parade passes the designated Viewing and Judges’ Stations. Below are estimated viewing times for various locations along the parade route.

6:00 – 6:30 PM: START – E. Basin proceeding up Cerritos Channel, past Wilmington Marinas

6:45 – 7:30 PM: Cruise Ship Plaza, Battleship Iowa (Judges Station), LA Maritime Museum, Port Police Dock proceeding towards West Harbor (Old Ports O’ Call Village)

7:00 – 8:00 PM: West Harbor (Old Ports O’ Call Village) Viewing Areas

7:45 – 8:15 PM: Warehouse 1, SS Lane Victory

8:00 – 8:30 PM: Cabrillo Marinas (Judges Station), 22nd Street Landing, END

Themed Boats
West Harbor Promenade

Parade Viewing Spots

Starts at East Basin near Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington and takes approximately 90 minutes to cover the entire parade route up the Port’s Main Channel. Several viewing points along the Main Channel, include the marinas in Wilmington; The Battleship IOWA, the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, 600 Sampson Way, San Pedro; West Harbor (old Port O’ Call Village), 1100 Nagoya Way, San Pedro; the Cruise Ship Promenade at Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street in San Pedro; 22nd Street Landing, 141 W. 22nd Street, San Pedro; and Cabrillo Way Marina 2293 Miner St. San Pedro and Cabrillo Marina, 224 Whaler’s Walk, San Pedro.

Boat parade categories: Theme, Traditional, Most Original, Children’s Choice, and Grand Marshal’s Award. Yacht Clubs and Marinas will be vying for the coveted Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the club/marina with the most entries.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.


Rules and Guidelines

2023 Parade Theme: “Holidays In Paradise”

December 2, 2023 – 6:00 PM – East Basin (assemble by 5:45)

Please follow instructions from Port Police, USCG/USCGA, or Parade Committee boat. VHF Frequency for Parade: channel 68 (alternate freq. 69). Emergency – Port Police on VHF channel 16 or (310) 732-3500

In case of inclement weather, stand-by and monitor channel 68 for operations announcements between 5:00 – 5:15 PM and 5:45 PM.

Trophies will be awarded in several categories based on originality, appearance, holiday spirit, and best representing parade theme.

PLEASE NOTE! Lighted boat entry numbers MUST be clearly displayed on starboard bow in order for your vessel to be identified, scored and judged. Please return boat numbers and banners at Awards Brunch.

Skippers must attend ONE of the MANDATORY Skipper’s Meetings:

Monday, November 27 at CBYC, 6:30-8:30p.m.

Thursday, November 30 at CBYC, 6:30-8:30p.m.

Registration Fee-$50.00 (includes: Participation Plaque, Skipper’s bag & 1(one) Awards Breakfast ticket. For your convenience, you may download the registration form.

For more information contact any of the committee members listed below:

Henry Rivas – 323-487-2101 email:

Pamela Botis – CBYC – 310-519-1694 email: