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  • The Pasadena Boat Parade, set for Saturday, December 9, will begin at 5:00pm at Broken Oar Bar & Grill. From there, it will make its way up and down Stoney Creek and over to Rock Creek before concluding at PYY Marine.
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    The Pasadena Boat Parade, set for Saturday, December 9, will begin at 5:00pm at Broken Oar Bar & Grill. From there, it will make its way up and down Stoney Creek and over to Rock Creek before concluding at PYY Marine.

Pasadena Locals Restart Holiday Boat Parade

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Andrea Menke And Mike Hatcher Partnered With Local Businesses To Bring Back A Lost Local Tradition

It all started with a Facebook post.

After messaging a few friends, Andrea Menke, a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, posted to her personal Facebook page about the parade, and it took off from there.

“Years ago, they used to have a Christmas parade. Everybody would light their boats up,” Menke said. “Every year, I’ve been thinking, ‘We need to start that up again; I wonder who runs it.’ And it would go in one ear and out the other. I thought about it and nothing would happen.”

Mike Hatcher, president of PYY Marine, saw Menke’s Facebook post and reached out to her about getting involved.

“We’ve always talked about getting the parade started again, so I reached out to her and asked her what she was trying to do,” Hatcher said.

PYY Marine agreed to sponsor the boat parade and will award the best decorated boat a $250 Visa gift card and the second-place boat a $100 Visa gift card. PYY Marine will be responsible for judging the boats, which will take place at its gas dock.

The parade, which is set for Saturday, December 9, will begin at 5:00pm at Broken Oar Bar & Grill. From there, it will make its way up and down Stoney Creek and over to Rock Creek before concluding at PYY Marine.

Broken Oar Bar & Grill will extend happy hour from 4:00pm to 5:00pm for all its patrons, meaning $1 off every drink. In addition, PYY Marine will pick up $10 from the tabs of the first 20 boats to register for the parade.

“I’ve never seen anything like [a boat parade], and it’s our first winter open,” said Mike Malone, manager and a partner of Broken Oar Bar & Grill. “Baltimore does stuff like this; Annapolis does stuff like this. Just to have it in our couple creeks up and down the Pasadena area [is nice].”

Broken Oar is also donating a $50 gift card to the restaurant for the third-place winner.

TowBoatUS is volunteering a safety boat for the event. Chris Plummer, of TowBoatUS, said they volunteer safety boats for the Baltimore and Annapolis light parades, so this “seemed like a natural fit.”

“The purpose of the safety boat is there are going to be electricity, water, boats at night and people having odd things on their boat. So there’s a lot of things that could go wrong,” Plummer said. “We have towed boats through parades many times, so it’s not a usual thing for our safety boat to be at the end of the line towing another boat all lit up.”

Jimmy Jernigan, who is part of the board of directors for the Chesapeake Bay Power Boat Association, said he used to watch the parade as a kid.

“I used to sit down there on the pier. Everybody in the whole neighborhood used to come down and watch,” Jernigan said. “It’s kind of the same as when Santa comes through the neighborhood on a fire truck. You always look out the window and it’s cool. Just gets you in the spirit.”

Those interested in participating can email their registration to Hatcher at mike.hatcher@pyymarine.com up until noon on December 8. The registration email should include the boat’s name, year and make as well as the decoration theme.


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