Catastrophic fire won’t stop Parade of Lights

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — The 24th Annual Parade of Lights will go on Saturday despite a Friday morning fire that damaged boats and the Richmond Yacht Basin in eastern Henrico.

“This will not stop us from having a great parade for the community,” Parade Chairman Max Walraven said about the Friday morning “catastrophe.”

Kim Conley, the executive director of the James River Advisory Council, said as a result of the fire, there may be fewer boats than originally registered.

The Parade of Lights is a free event that runs from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 10.

Viewing sites include Libby Hill Park, Osborne Park and Boat Landing, Dutch Gap Boat Landing, and Henricus Historical Park.

The parade follows a 14-mile parade route from City of Richmond to the Varina-Enon Bridge.

The boats gather at 5:45 p.m. in the Rocketts Landing area where there will be a countdown to the illumination at 6 p.m. The parade will end at approximately 8:30 p.m. at Henricus Historical Park.

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