NEWPORT BEACH — The Balboa Fun Zone was in full gear Wednesday during the first night of the 102nd annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.
Families munched on pizza, hot pretzels and bundled under fleece blankets as they enjoyed the annual waterfront parade.
Capt. Mike Whitehead, a former Daily Pilot columnist, serves as emcee. Each night, he is situated right by the carousel and gives viewers a little background on the passing boats.
The parade started with a number of dazzling, decorated yachts. McKinna Yachts began the procession, and a whimsical, multicolored Charlie Brown-decorated boat followed soon after. The boat bore the name Asco in lights and had polar bears and trees of vibrant, neon hues alongside Snoopy's gang.
"If you don't see Charlie Brown's Christmas, it's not Christmastime," Whitehead said over the microphone.
The boat Time Out was made into a lit Christmas tree, complete with colorful, dangling ornaments. The Last Hurrah, with live entertainment on board, was decorated to look like an enchanted castle.