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Bad weather cancels the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 17, 2008 |  6:11 pm

The show can't go on in Newport Harbor tonight -- it's too windy.

The opening night of the 100th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, complete with fireworks, was called off by organizers due to the winter storm soaking the region and small watercraft advisories from the National Weather Service.

"The inclement weather poses a threat to safe boating operations," according to a statement posted at www.christmasboatparade.com by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, which holds the event.

Although the lead boat won't make its way around the harbor in tonight's chilly rain, some parade participants are planning to set sail or start their engines anyway, said Audrey Leoncio, marketing and public relations manager for the Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau. Leoncio could not recall another cancellation of the holiday tradition, even during 2006's showers. The parade is scheduled to take place Thursday as scheduled, starting at 6:30 p.m., and to run each night through Sunday.

— Susannah Rosenblatt