The Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade continues to be a favorite community event that kicks off the holiday season in Marina del Rey.  Thank you to the MDR Holiday Boat Parade Committee for hosting such a cool community event year after year.

  • PRESIDENT: David Ross
  • VICE PRESIDENT: Lowell Safier
  • TREASURER:  Harvey Ross
  • SECRETARY:  Phil Seelig
  • DIRECTORS:Diane Barretti, Bill Bracken, Jerry Magnussen, Elvin Moon, Louis Scaduto, and Cindy Williams
  • PRIZE COORDINATOR:  Sarah Stoneback

Here is a message from MDR Holiday Boat Parade‘s President David Ross.

The 60th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, presented by Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, was an evening to remember.  With our Grand Marshalls Supervisor Holly J Mitchell, David Foster, and Katharine McPhee helped us kick-off the holiday season with the theme, “Sparkle on the Water.”  The harbor was full of fireworks, live bands, dancing, lights, and holiday cheer.

Congrats to this year’s 2021 MDR Holiday Boat Parade winners!

  • Best Music  – 9,  Boat: Macondo | Skipper: Mike Sudo
  • Best Live Band – 7,  Boat: Aloha California  |  Skipper: Capt. Ross Prout
  • Best Lights  39, Boat: Phish Tales  |   Skipper: John Reese
  • Best Animation – 46,  Boat: Trinity  |  Skipper: Perry Karidis
  • Best Theme – 25, Boat: Happy Hour  |  Skipper: Greg Beron
  • Best Spirit – 15, Boat: Thats What Sea Said | Skipper: Brooke Hammond
  • Best Charter – 20,  Boat: Hotel California |  Skipper: M Sullivan
  • Best Individual – 30, Boat: Sanctuary      Skipper: Carlos Protzel
  • Best Company – 10, Boat: Arc One  |  Skipper: Miriam Morris
  • Best Organization – 6,  Boat: Cassiopeia  | Skipper: Brendon Huffman
  • Best Yacht Club – 29, Boat: Scyllia | Skipper: Scott Lamay
  • Best Power – 37,  Boat: Let’s Go! | Skipper: Capt Commodore Craig
  • Best Sail – 55, Boat: SS Purple Reign  | Skipper: Gisele Rebeiro
  • Best Overall – 23,  Boat: Senia Jade  |   Skipper: Lynn Silverman

Events and areas covered:

  • VIP party at Del Rey Yacht Club
  • MDR Boat Parade photos
  • Photo Booth at Burton Chase Park
  • After party at Killer Shrimp

View pics below!

Grand Marshall Supervisor Holly J Mitchell

Right: Grand Marshall Katharine McPhee

Grand Marshalls David Foster, Lisa Osborne, and Katharine McPhee

Check out some of our favorite photos from the night!

Grand Marshalls Supervisor Holly J Mitchell, David Foster and Katharine McPhee


Venice Paparazzi rolled out the red carpet and hosted a photo booth at MDR Holiday’s Boat Parade’s After Party at Killer Shrimp.

MDR Holiday Boat Parade Committee’s Chairman Kelly King and Director Diane Barretti, Larry Baretti, Tony P’s Dockside Grill’s Tony and Lauren Palermo, and friends.

Ben, Heather, Carrie and MDR Holiday Boat Parade President David Ross

Lisa Osborn

Center: Mickey Czegledy

Santa, aka Christopher Hawley

Venice Paparazzi’s Linzy and MDR Holiday Boat Parade’s Jerry Magnussen

Right: JR Dzubak

Tony P’s Dockside Grill’s Tony and Lauren Palermo

Avozar’s Israel Rodriguez and Rick Wilkie


MDR Holiday Boat Parade’s Director Diane Barretti and husband Larry

Venice Paparazzi also hosted a fun photo booth for the guests at Burton Chace Park.

Photos courtesy of County of Los Angeles Department of Beaches & Harbors

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