A Return To Glory

The Crisfield Christmas Light Boat Spectacular Parade shines again thanks to native Jennifer Ward

Photography by Grant L. Gursky

Traditions are meant to be continued. That’s why Crisfield native Jennifer Ward restored a forgotten pastime on the waters of her town last year. The second annual Crisfield Christmas Light Boat Spectacular Parade will take place on December 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Somers Cove Marina. 

“I started the boat parade because it was a tradition in Crisfield in an earlier era, and what better opportunity to reinvent the tradition?” Ward said. “We have a beautiful bay and waterfront at our fingertips, and I just hope everyone enjoys what I love the most — making people happy and the water. This brought joy to our little town during the Christmas season last year.”

The parade route winds from the marina, past the front of the City Dock, toward Wellington Beach to the American Legion before circling back toward Somers Cove Marina. Slips are provided for boaters to tie off for the day and decorate their vessels. 

Ward’s vision is taking hold, as there are already more registered participants than last year.

For more information about the Crisfield Christmas Light Boat Spectacular Parade, or to register, call Jennifer Ward at 410-713-8989. CS

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