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Charleston Lighted Boat Parade to add holiday sparkle to Kanawha River

Organizers say up to 15 boats are expected to participate Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Charleston Lighted Boat Parade. (WCHS/WVAH File Photo)

Here is a change of pace from the twinkling Christmas light displays in local neighborhoods. This glow can be viewed along the banks of the Kanawha River.

Organizers said the annual Charleston Lighted Boat Parade returns Saturday, Dec. 9, for a light show that will provide some sparkling moments for the season.

“This is our third year,” said Brannon Eads of Pier 54 Marina in Charleston. “It’s just something (fun) to do at Christmas. The boats are all lighted up.”

The boats will line up in the Patrick Street area in Charleston about 6 p.m., and should be coming down the river about 6:15 p.m. The parade will travel up the river to the state Capitol and turn to conclude at Haddad Riverfront Park.

Eads said up to 15 boats are expected to participate. Many of the participants were in the St. Albans Lighted Boat Parade this past weekend.

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