Boat Parade - One Last Time!??
By Shauna Lee
December 13, 2007
Every Christmas I host a "Boat Parade Party" as I am
lucky enough to have a home that looks out over the bay. It
is a tradition at our home as my father is a tug captain and
is usually in the parade. I have always loved this event because
it is unique to Ketchikan and made the holidays feel really special.
I was saddened today when I called the Cruise Line Agency to
get the start time of the parade on the 23rd. I was told that
this will be the LAST boat parade due to lack of participation
over the years! What has happened? Isn't this a boating town?
This just topped off the year of other special events that have
gone by the wayside such as the Timber Carnival. As an employee
of The Lumberjack Show it was always our extreme pleasure to
host this event at our showgrounds and we were really dissapointed
when the Timber Carnival committee decided to NOT host it anymore
due to... yes, lack of participation.
Where has our community spirit
I beleive that this town is unique in it's spirit and it's enthusiasm
- but apparently we aren't very good at PARTICIPATING! I hope
that those of you with a boat in the water will take this one
night out of your busy schedule to throw some lights on your
boat and participate in the parade. I know that I will honor
my tradition of watching, feeding my friends, and feeling the
joy of living in such a unique town.
COME ON KETCHIKAN! Let's find our spirit again!
About: "Shauna Lee is
a 30 year resident of Ketchikan and is active in the local community."
Received December 12, 2007
- Published December 13, 2007
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