Some planned their designs and began decorating a week early, others simply put it together on the fly on Saturday morning. Others were still working as they gathered to begin the parade. By Saturday night December 11, the Capri boats were more or less ready. Red, green, white and other color lights flashed on then off to the rhythm of traditional and non-traditional Christmas songs.
It was an island Christmas on the water, with boats sporting real palm trees, plastic flamingos, and of course, a variety of Santas. It was a friendly competition so much so that some used boats and decorations borrowed from their competitors. So friendly that every entry received an award. Indeed, the competition was so friendly that after the parade all participants and even the judges joined in a party at Tina and Mike Kochis’ home.
Everyone received a plaque. The Most Unique award, Mike Kochis. Chuck Walton’s boat was the Most Spirited with the American flag in lights. The Most Creative went to Christopher Reality. Best Overall was “Isles of Christmas” on the boat Sasha.