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Riverlights Boat Parade Prepares To Set Sail In Stratford

The Riverlights Boat Parade will take place in Stratford on Saturday, Sept. 17.
The Riverlights Boat Parade will take place in Stratford on Saturday, Sept. 17. Photo Credit: Riverlights Boat Parade

STRATFORD, Conn. -- You can help light up the Housatonic River while supporting St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound at the 9th annual Housatonic Riverlights Boat Parade on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The spectacular parade will start at 7:30 p.m. at the I-95 Moses-Wheeler Bridge in Stratford and proceed down the river to the Knapp's Landing Restaurant. Renee Chmiel of Channel 8 News will serve at the Grand Marshal of the parade this year.

All area boaters are invited to sign up, light up their boats and participate. All net proceeds from the parade will be donated to St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound, which helps provide cancer education, screening and prevention programs for the community, as well as financial aid and assistance to cancer patients, survivors and their families.

Since it began, the Riverlights parade has helped raise more than $80,000 for the SWIM. The parade is organized by the Valley Yacht Club of Milford, with support and participation from members of the Harbor Valley Yacht Club, Caswell Cove Marina, Brewer Marina and Pootatuck Yacht Club

The best viewing locations for spectators will be various shoreline restaurants and public river access areas in Stratford and Milford from 7 p.m. on.

For further details about sign up and sponsor information, visit to www.valleyyc.org and click on the Riverlights banner or contact Tom Hamilton at (203) 209-3435 or tham1957@gmail.com.

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