Holidays in LA: Venice Beach Boat Parade

Last weekend, Marcus and I joined our neighbors on the shores of the Venice canals for the Annual Venice Beach Holiday Boat Parade! Dozens of locals took to the waters in themed boats to entertain the masses.

A traditional Venice gondola – when the canals were first built, there were many gondolas available to take people from place to place! Now there are mostly kayaks and paddle boats.

This boat had an entire band on board! Many of the boats had music of some kind.

It’s hard to see, but between this woman’s legs, there is a tiny baby in a carrier! You have to be pretty brave to kayak with a dog AND a baby.

I loved all the trees on these women’s boat on the left. The parade continues after dark so many of the boats were lit up with holiday lights. And you’ve got to love this Snoopy boat!

UFO boat! They also had a fog machine and lots of lights!

The SS Manilow was just a few surfboards strapped together. Seemed to float pretty well though!

Not all of the boats fared so well, however. This candy cane boat went down not long after the parade began!

This was definitely our favorite boat! Not only because it represented Marcus’ faith, but because it was awesome! The giant dreidel on the front spun around, all of the candles were “lit” with flickering bulbs, and he had a radio playing “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel”!

What local traditions do you take part in during the holiday season?

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7 Responses to Holidays in LA: Venice Beach Boat Parade

  1. Some of these were so cute! I used to live on St. Pete Beach in Florida where they have Christmas parades on what’s called the intercostal but it amounts to the same thing. It’s great to see this and the creativity that comes with it.

  2. Amy says:

    Loved the Jewish one the best!!! Looks like a fun parade! Let’s make a “float” for next year!

  3. hemborgwife says:

    In Newport Beach they have a big boat parade with lights that is really fun, it is not to far for you to check out next year!

    In our little town we live in now they have a Christmas Fair where they have traditional dancers and booths set up all over town.

  4. Gran says:

    What fun!! Love that UFO! Thanks for sharing… ♥♥♥

    And have a safe trip.

  5. Shellby says:

    I went to this one year…sadly we missed most of the boats, but everyone decked out their homes with lights, so it was still super fun to walk around!!

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