The community’s official kickoff to the boating season embarks at Lighthouse Bay beginning at 1 p.m. and disembarks at the Discovery Bay Yacht Harbor between 3 and 4 p.m. Those without waterside access to the action can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the parade as it makes its way through the town’s many sloughs and bays before dropping anchor at the Discovery Bay Marina.
This year’s theme – It’s a Pixar Day – will pay homage to Pixar Studios, the creative force behind such classic family films as “Toy Story,” “Cars,” “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” “A Bug’s Life,” and this year’s Academy Award winner for an animated film, “Up.”
“Our fleet captain came up with the idea for this year’s theme and we thought it would be a fun and easy theme to work with,” said Pat Anderson, organizer of the event. “Everyone has a favorite Pixar movie so we expect a lot of variety and creativity.”
Anderson also expects good weather. “I’ve spoken to the weather gods and it’s going to be a beautiful day,” she said. “It’s going to be a great success, just as it always is.”
Sponsored by the Discovery Bay Yacht Club, the parade is a family fun event open to the public. Members and non-members alike are invited to enter their boat in the parade and enjoy a variety of activities and exhibits at the Discovery Bay Marina throughout the day.
“All participants in the parade are invited and welcome to come back to the yacht club for the awards ceremony and party afterward,” said Anderson. “There will be food and dancing; it should be a fun day.”
Click here for a map of the parade route.