Reporting Mark Abrams
By Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The third annual Parade of Lights is this Saturday, December 15th on the Delaware River. It features a showcase of commercial, community and private boats decorated with holiday lights.
Hope Corse is with the Independence Seaport Museum, who sponsors the event.
“We work with a number of different commercial boats up and down the Delaware River,” she says. “Tug boats, we have the Philadelphia Fire Department is involved and the Coast Guard is involved and they light all of the boats up with festive, twinkling holiday lights and parade up and down the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing right in front of the museum.”
Corse says the idea grew out of something that has been going on among some captains who’ve been navigating the Delaware for years.
“It’s actually a tradition. A lot of the tug boats will decorate their boats with lights for the holidays. And it’s something that the public rarely sees. So, this is a way to bring that tradition out to the public so people can come out and enjoy it for themselves.”
Corse says the museum will open its balcony to visitors who will be offered whistles to signal their votes for the best decorated ship in the parade.
The Parade begins at 5 p.m.