The annual "Old Glory Boat Parade," sponsored by the American Legion Yacht Club and the American Legion Post 291, will be held in Newport Harbor on July 4.
While the view from shore will be a little different due to social distancing guidelines, the lead boat M/V Valor will kick off the parade at 1:00pm off Lido Island and follow a course throughout the harbor between the hours of 1:00pm and 3:30pm, offering everyone a chance to enjoy the parade.
This year's parade is themed “Honoring Our Frontline Heroes”. The club’s boat “Valor” will take the lead, followed by a VIP boat with honored guests that have served in COVID-19 defense from the local medical community.
The parade theme typically honors active military and veterans, but this year inspiration came from the fact that one of their own was called back to active service for COVID defense after 14 years of Army retirement. While the ALYC will salute their military brothers and sisters who worked aboard the USNS Mercy and the Army Corp of Engineers who built hospitals, they also want to honor the frontline medical professionals in the community who rose to the occasion to keep an entire country safe.
All boaters, regardless of yacht club affiliation, are invited to decorate their vessels and participate in the parade; registration is free and available online through the American Legion Yacht Club website, where a map of the parade route and more information is also available.
The ALYC has also worked hard to shift the entire registration process online. Planning meetings and Skipper meetings are all held via Zoom. They are asking boaters to meet harbor social distancing guidelines and use sound judgment aboard their vessels. Participants will compete for class awards such as Best Decorated, Finest Costumes, Most Creative and the Commodore's Award, with class winners to be announced at an Awards Banquet on Sunday, July 19 at 7:00 pm.
Please visit www.alyc.com for more information.