Parade Units 

2017 Boat Parade Winners

1st Place
Mark and Bob
"Game of Thrones - Winter is Coming"
2nd Place
David, Krissy & Gianna DiAngelo, Olivia
Leonhard, Chris Wooton, and Chris Tessler
"Tempe Rocks"
Human Powered
Arizona Dragon Boat Association


Entry Fees & Application

Individual or Community Units:

Earlybird Fee (Register by Oct. 31): $45

Register between Nov. 1 - Until spots are filled: $60

Commercial Units:

Earlybird Fee (Register by Oct. 31): $200

Register between Nov. 1 - Until spots are filled: $225

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Awards & Judges

As a participant in the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, you are automatically entered into the competition to win some great cash prizes! The theme for this year is Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree! Your unit number/burgee must be visible on the port side of your boat to be judged. 

A panel of local community members will use the following criteria to determine the winners: originality, technical design, and entertainment value, to maximize the parade theme. Overtly commercial units that do not conform to the entertainment theme will be disqualified. 

This year, cash prizes of $500 each will be awarded to the best units in 6 separate categories:

  • Best Use of Lights
  • Best New Entry
  • Best Special Effects
  • Best Music
  • Best Themed
  • Best Originality

New this season, the award for 'Most Jars of Peanut Butter Collected'. The winner of this award will be presented with a one-of-a-kind trophy from United Food Bank. You can make a difference in the lives of hungry, low-income families and individuals who turn to United Food Bank for help this holiday season by collecting jars of peanut butter and donating them at the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade Captain's Meeting.

Thank you for your interest in the 20th Annual Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade!

Please review the Parade Manual before applying.

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