April 30, 2012
The 2012 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will celebrate the beach. The 104th annual event's theme "Surf, Sand and Santa" was submitted by local Adam Gafke and was chosen out of more than 100 submissions. Gafke won two VIP spots on the official Santa Boat, which leads the parade. Newport Harbor residents decorate their homes, yachts, kayaks and boats with Christmas lights based on the theme every year for the five-night event hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.
April 2, 2012
The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce announced last week the start of its annual contest to choose a theme for the Christmas Boat Parade. Participants can submit holiday-related themes for the 104th annual event by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon April 15. The contest winner will win a ride for two on the official Santa boat during one night of the five-night parade, which takes place this year from Dec. 19 to 23....
January 17, 2013
The theme of the 2013 annual Orange County Fair will be based on food, fair officials announced Thursday. "Come & Get It" will be the slogan for the annual summertime event in Costa Mesa, which runs from July 12 through Aug. 11, Wednesday through Sunday. A cast of characters, whom they're calling the "O.C. Foodies," will accompany the theme. Their names are Cornelius, Arturo, Carl, Dip and Scoop. Fair officials cited the popularity of cooking shows, home cooking and fair offerings as the reasoning behind the choice.
December 6, 2013
Ahoy! December has arrived along with a plethora of Christmas parades, whether by land or by sea. However, the signal lanterns from Paul Revere's Ride for one if by land and two if by sea have been replaced by thousands and thousands of Christmas lights decorating the floats and boats in parades for the next few weekends throughout the world. Looking locally, the boat parades in Orange County's three harbors begin this weekend and continue for a few weekends. Let's begin with Huntington Harbour, which is the county's most northerly.
December 20, 2007
Organizers of this year’s Orange County Fair had barely put the cows out to pasture before plans were underway for the next fair. Discounted presale tickets for the annual event, themed “Say Cheese,” are on sale through July 10. The fair runs from July 11 through Aug. 3. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger get in free. For information, or to purchase tickets, call (714) 740-2000 or go to www.ocfair.
December 11, 2010
It's been around longer than the Rockefeller Center's tree lighting and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Among Newport Beach's signature events, this is one of those people plan their vacations around. The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade lights up the harbor for the 102 n d consecutive year Wednesday, concluding on Dec. 19 with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. This year's theme, "Lights, Camera…Christmas in Newport Beach," celebrates the city and parade's cinematic history.
October 10, 2003
June Casagrande This year's Christmas Boat Parade is guaranteed to be totally beachin'. The chamber of commerce has announced the theme for this year's boat parade is "A Holiday Beach Celebration." The idea is to decorate the 100-plus boats likely to be in the parade in classic California Christmas style. "Our thinking here is for the boat owners to be able to get creative with a particular theme," said Richard Luehrs, president and chief executive of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.
July 7, 2010
COSTA MESA — Although the Orange County Fairgrounds' future seems uncertain, one thing is for sure: "The Beat Goes On." That's the theme of this year's Orange County Fair, which runs July 16 to Aug. 15. And the message is meant to reassure fairgoers that no matter what happens, the annual event will continue. "This is the theme of reassurance, and I think it's what people need right now for a number of reasons," said Steve Beazley, fairgrounds chief executive. "Not just the uncertainty of the fair, but the uncertainty of the economy, the uncertainty of society.
October 28, 2002
June Casagrande Last year, the theme of the annual Christmas Boat Parade was "Let Freedom Ring" -- a more than apropos salute to America. But this year, while trying to come up with a new theme, organizers realized that patriotism is as important as ever. Their solution? This year's theme: "Celebrating America With Lights." "It holds on to last year's patriotic theme but also includes the more traditional Christmas boat parade, known for its lights," said Doug Stuckey, spokesman for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.
June 12, 2007
Longtime Newport Beach resident Gary McEachen has a knack for naming, and for the second time, the city has recognized his talent. Last week, McEachen's entry was chosen from more than 100 submissions as the winner of the 99th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade theme contest — " 'Twas the Lights Before Christmas" — and in 2004, he named Back Bay View Park. "Newport Beach is such a privileged place to live and that's why I'd like to contribute as much as possible to it," said McEachen, who remembers coming to the parade as a 10-year-old, while vacationing here.