The water is back in Lake Lanier and that means that several lake traditions are also back.
Many annual events were suspended during the drought of 2007 to 2009, but now they're being restarted. The latest revival is the Parade of Lights hosted by The University Yacht Club Maritime Foundation, which was last held in 2006.
The 2009 event is scheduled for November 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Lakeside News quotes the Ed Gaito, co-charr of the parade as saying:
“With plenty of water in the lake and coordinated safety support with our friends in the US Power Squadron, Coast Guard Auxiliary, TowBoat/US and Priority Medical Services, we expect a fun and safe return for this Lake Lanier tradition. Safety is our primary concern and we’re grateful to these groups for agreeing to assist us with bringing the parade back. There are many opportunities for sponsors and we hope to raise money for a worthy charity. We encourage businesses to join us in sponsoring this holiday tradition.”
Entry is open to all and boat owners are encouraged to decorate their boats in holiday themes to compete for prizes.
The University Yacht Club has been holding its Boating Parade of Lights for over 20 years. The parade was opened to all boaters on the Lake in 2005 when the UYC Maritime Foundation took over the event.
Safety was the reason the event had been suspended in 2007 - the water levels were too low to allow safe boating in the dark.
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