Carrabelle loves a parade

Fireworks blaze over the Carrabelle waterfront. Photo available for purchase

Fireworks blaze over the Carrabelle waterfront.

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 04:17 PM.

It was a dark and stormy night Saturday in Carrabelle, threatening the Christmas spirit.

But no matter. The organizers of this year’s Boat Parade of Lights & Holiday On The Harbor simply moved the event to Sunday night, and it came off wonderfully.

A chill was in the air as 15 boats, each decorated with lights, delighted onlookers from the shore, and once it was complete, the sky blazed with fireworks.

“We think for having it rescheduled we did lose about five boats that weren’t able to stay for Sunday,” said Sheila Hauser, with the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, which oversaw the parade. “Two pontoon boats, a sailboat and two smaller boats, 25-footers.”

She said the decision to postpone was made by Hauser and Chamber Director Suzanne Zimmerman in consultation with Capt. Russell Cahoon with Towboat US, who has led the parade for more than two decades. “We decided to reschedule it because of inclement weather coming in, for safety reasons basically,” said Hauser.

The decision did cut into the success of the Holiday on the Harbor festivities, organized by Carrabelle Cares, the Carrabelle Waterfront Partnership and the city.

“Before the rain we had a huge number of vendors and we ended up with a few,” said Tamara Allen, the partnership’s program manager. “Everybody begged off because of the weather. It was impaired a lot by the rain.

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