Fifteen lighted boats will hit the river this weekend.
KENNEWICK, WA - A Tri-Cities Christmas tradition returns to the Columbia River this weekend, when more than a dozen boats decorated with lights hit the river on Friday and Saturday night for the 49th annual Lighted Boat Parade.
Fifteen boats are signed up this year, which is a few less than last year's parade. Organizers point to the cold weather the region has seen for the past few weeks as to why the number of downs is down this year.
The parade starts Friday night at 6:00 at Clover Island and the boats will head up the river to Richland. The parade goes until 9:00 each night.
"Having these lights come out around Christmas time it's a little break in everyone's normal activity," says Parade Chairman Larry Kuga. "You've got the lights that are going up on houses around town, but to see them out there on the water and you've got the reflection off the water, it creates a bit of a surreal look."
Kuga also says if you want to applaud the boat displays, flash your car's headlights or use a flashlight rather than clapping; it's a bit hard for boat operators to hear applause while they're out on the river.