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    JBM-HH participates in annual lighted boat parade

    JBM-HH participates in annual lighted boat parade

    Photo By Damien Salas | Boats pass by the judge’s station during the Holiday Parade of Lights Dec. 6, 2014,...... read more read more



    Story by Guv Callahan 

    Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall

    WASHINGTON - Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Deputy Joint Base Commander Lt. Col. John Orille served as one of three judges during the annual Holiday Parade of Lights on the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6.

    Despite the evening’s cold, rainy weather, more than 30 boats, all decked out with a variety of flashy holiday lights and decorations, made their way up the Potomac River from Alexandria, Va., to compete for the best in parade trophy. Community members donned heavy coats and umbrellas to enjoy the festivities, gathering for a celebration held at Gangplank Marina, near the construction site of the city’s forthcoming redeveloped Southwest Waterfront, the first phase of which is slated to open in 2017.

    The party featured a bonfire, live music, a Christmas tree lighting and free hot chocolate and apple cider, two things that ended up coming in handy for many chilly attendees.

    Parade boats were judged on the strength, creativity and theme of their decorations, as well as the overall execution.

    Orille served as a judge alongside Diane Groomes, assistant police chief for the D.C. Metropolitan Police and Theresa Belpusi, vice president of tourism for Destination D.C.

    Serving as a judge for the second consecutive year, Orille said he looks for a winning boat to have a strong theme and good execution to match.

    The 2014 Best in Parade trophy was awarded to Honey, a boat gussied up to embody the popular Disney movie “Frozen.” On top of a series of intricate light displays, the boat’s occupants sealed the deal with a lip-sync rendition of the movie’s hit song.



    Date Taken: 12.06.2014
    Date Posted: 12.15.2014 11:24
    Story ID: 150307
    Location: DC, US

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