The Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, presented by Cedars-Sinai Hospital, continues to be a favorite community event that kicks off the holiday season in Marina del Rey.  Approximately 25,000 people view the Marina del Rey Boat Parade each year.   Many enjoy the festivities from popular viewing spots like Fisherman’s Village or Burton Chace Park, while others enjoy the view of the parade from a waterfront restaurant, their balcony at home, or from the comfort of their hotel room.

The Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade organization is a volunteer-run, non-profit community organization that presents the parade with support from corporate and community sponsors, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

Thank you to the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade Committee for hosting this magical event year after year!  

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

A message from MDR Holiday Boat Parade committee:  Thank you all who made this year’s 2023 61st Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade presented by Cedar Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital a huge success. Congratulations to our winners and all who decorated their boats to usher in the holiday season. Special thanks to Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass and Bernie Kopell for making the 61st Annual Parade extra special this year

Congratulations to this year’s 2023 Marina del Rey Boat Holiday Boat Parade Winners!

Best Overall              #23 Show Me                   Tom Norris
Best Sail                   #30 Ellis Island II              Peter Ellis
Best Power               #36 Blue Belle                  Walt & Deborah Schwartz
Best Individual          #24 Trinity                         Perry Karidis
Best Theme              #30 Ellis Island II              Peter Ellis
Best Music                #23 Show Me                   Tom Norris
Best Organization     #14 Holiday                      Brendan Huffman
Best Animation          #55 Let’s Go                     Gisele Rebeiro
Best Spirit                  #45 Tidal Wave               Howard Ruby
Best Band                  #40 Reyna Del Mar         Manuel & Angie Reyna
Best Lights                 #12 Charles Hathaway   California Yacht Club
Best Charter               #42 Gravity                     Roger Featherston
Best Company            #60 Entertainer              Captain Chuck Myers

Best Yacht Club.  The Yacht Club With The Most Entries By It’s Members Marina Yacht Club

Venice Paparazzi is proud to be the official photographers for the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade!  View pics!

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

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MDR Holiday Boat Parade’s President David Ross and Chairman of the Board Kelly King

Center: 11th District Councilwoman Traci Park. Right: Visit Marina del Rey’s Janet Zaldua

Senator Ben Allen

Center: 2023 Grand Marshall Bernie Kopell. Bernie Kopell is instantly recognized as “Dr. Adam Bricker,” the ship’s’ medic on board ABC’s long running hit comedy The Love Boat. It played in 98 countries.

Venice Bid Eleni, LAX Coastal’s Chair Ravi Singh LAX Coastal Vice President of Business Relations Mary-Catherine Mick, LAX Coastal’s Honorary Mayor Christina Davis, and Hometown New’s Stephanie Davis

Heather and MDR Holiday Boat Parade’s President David Ross

MDR Holiday Boat Parade’s Emcee’s Lisa Osborn and Mickey Czegledy

Good times had by all in the Venice Paparazzi photo booth! Need a photo booth for your 2023 event?

Ritz Carlton’s David Voss

MDR Holiday Boat Parade’s Sarah Stoneback

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

Right: County of Los Angeles Department of Beaches & Harbors’s Catrina Love

2023 Team Venice Paparazzi’s Alex and Edizen Stowell, Jeff, Ruth, and Anna. Missing from this photo: Robert, Greg, Terry, Katherine, and Tamara

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Save the date Saturday, December 14, 2024 for the 62nd Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade!

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