The theme of the Opening Day Boat Parade in Friday Harbor was “A Community Afloat”. Boats of all sizes, captained by community members and representing a variety of organizations, cruised past Spring Street Landing Sunday, May 5, 2019. Grand Marshall Town of Friday Harbor Mayor Farhad Ghatan waved from Baten, a wooden supply boat built in Friday Harbor in 1978 and skippered by Dr Carolyn Haugen.
Mayor Farhad Ghatan waves to crowds. Matt Pranger photo
Led by the American Legion Color Guard, boats cruised past local dignitaries and judges.
Vessel Assist fleet and Sheriff/Fire boat Matt Pranger photo
Prizes were awarded in five categories: most creative display of the theme, nautical display of traditional signal flags, classic wooden boat, human-powered craft, and commercial. (We'll post the winners as soon as we receive a list.)
The parade was sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club in partnership with the Port of Friday Harbor.