A little talk, a little negotiation and it all could come together for a revival of the boat parade next year. The key is bringing in as many different groups as possible and making sure everyone benefits. Perhaps the parade could run upriver one year and downriver the next to assure that different clubs get the benefit of hosting the post-parade festivities.
These kinds of events are always a boon to the community. Vincent Ouellette, director of recreation for the city, told LaBella many spectators were drawn to the annual boat parade to see how the boats were decorated and what kinds of costumes boaters wore.
“Anytime you have festivals, boat parades ... things like the Rotary Club’s Rubber Duck Regatta, it brings the community together,” Ouellette said. “These things add to the character of the city.”
We encourage boating enthusiasts and the boat clubs along the Merrimack to get together and see what they can do. It would be great once again to see one last bit of summer fun on the river before the cold of winter sets in.