St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade and Fireworks a Success

Nineteen boats competed in the 17th annual St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade — even the Coast Guard decorated for the event. The parade could not have happened without the diligence of Sal Sanpere of Olympic Car Rentals. Every year, Sal tirelessly works to raise funds for the spectacular fireworks show that follows the boat parade. Sal’s committee, chaired by Trish Rhodes, works hard to make the entire day come together, from decorating a tree downtown – to coordinating vendors, a steel pan troupe, moko jumbies and bouncy houses – to getting boaters to participate – to judging – and finally to thanking all who donated beautiful prizes.

Special thanks to:

• SCUBA for course set-up/teardown

• DPNR Patrol Vessel

• VIPD Marine Unit

• Coast Guard – great way to join in the fun with boat decorations!

• Trish Rhodes and the Boat Parade committees

• Sponsors

• Santa Claus and his elf

2016 Christmas Boat Parade Winners:

Sail Boats

1st: Time Out

Power Cat

1st: Adventure

2nd: Gemini/Century

Power Boats Under 25 Feet

1st: Saorise

2nd: Checkmate

Power Boats 26-32 Feet

1st: Firefly

Power Boats 33-39 Feet

1st: Benita

2nd: Golden Eagle

Power Boats 40 Feet

1st: Irie Feelin

2nd: Milemark / Rotary

Power Boats 41+ Feet

1st: Reliance (SCUBA)

2nd: Renewed Interest

Best Lights

Tie: Living the Dream / USCG

Best Decorations

La Vie En Rose

Best Animation

Cat Chi

Best Music

Turn & Burn

Best Creativity

Live the Dash

Best Boat Overall

Heineken Barge

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