WINONA LAKE — Winona Lake’s annual decorated boat parade, which has been growing in popularity the last several years, will be held this year on Friday, June 28, with boat lineup beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Winona Lake town park pier, and the procession beginning at 8 p.m.
The flotilla is a modern revival of the immensely popular “Venetian Nights” lighted/decorated boat festival which highlighted Fourth of July celebrations in the early 1900s in Winona Lake. The theme this year is “Celebrate Holidays” and the flotilla is open to anyone wishing to decorate a boat and participate.
Floats will be judged and prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the parade. Criteria for judging will include adherence to the theme, props, costumes, animation, music, and lights. Prizes are donated by businesses in the Village at Winona.
The procession will begin at the Winona Lake park at 8 p.m. and the boats will circumnavigate Winona Lake in a counter-clockwise fashion, circling first past the BoatHouse Restaurant and Winona Hotel Condominiums and eventually circulating around the western side of the lake as well.
Residents are invited to view the flotilla from any spot along the shoreline and area residents are invited to decorate their docks in accordance with the theme. In the event of rain, the flotilla will be cancelled with no rain dates.
For questions or to pre-register, contact Deb Lange at (574) 215-3378.