The annual Des Moines Lighted Boat Parade was held on Saturday night, Dec. 4, 2023, departing from the marina at 6 p.m. 

Hosted by the Des Moines Yacht Club, the annual Boat Parade celebrated the holiday season, progressing north out of the marina along the shoreline to Three Tree Point before looping back south to Redondo.

It’s been an annual event for over 20 years, and enjoyed by both boaters who like to decorate their boats and spectators along the shoreline.

However, due to a Small Craft Advisory Saturday night, only seven boats signed up, and one turned back as the waters were too rough for them.

The remaining five boats made the whole parade, according to Peggy Claar, Rear Commodore of the Des Moines Yacht Club.

Below are photos of the awesome boats, courtesy David Rosen:


Video courtesy Laurel Robinson: