December 4, 2021

The Wharf Announces Winners of the 2021 District's Holiday Boat Parade

The District's Holiday Boat Parade at The Wharf is an iconic DC event that features over sixty beautifully decorated boats parading along the Washington Channel. The 29th anniversary of this event took place on December 4, 2021.

As the boats promenade past The Wharf, judges evaluate parade participants' theme, crew, decorations, and holiday spirit. Over a dozen boats recieve awards with cash prizes ranging from $100 to $1000 dollars.

The Wharf is proud to announce the following prize-winning boats and captains from the 2021 District's Holiday Boat Parade:

Most Likely to Capsize: Christmas Pirates on powerboat Sea Suite – Captain Brad Mount

Best Crew: The Grinch on powerboat What’s Next – Captain Keith Harmon

Most Ingenious Idea: Unicorn Holiday Choral Event on powerboat Digger – Captain Bob Rose

Founder’s Award: The Fish Market on powerboat Sojourner – Captain Ramsey Poston

Spirit of DC Award: COEXIST on powerboat Santé  – Captain Daniel Ricks

Waterfront Wow Award: Gilligan’s Island on powerboat Miss Behavin’ – Captain Kirt Barbee

Best Sailboat in The Parade: X-Mas Files on sailboat Surprise – Captain Sarah Ollila

Best Motorboat in The Parade: Frozen on powerboat Bay Blast – Captain Steve Gwensberg 

3rd Place in The Parade: 50 Years of Willy Wonka on sailboat Tuesday – Captain Joe Landa

2nd Place in The Parade: Polar Express on powerboat Magical Knots – Captain Brian Dollinger 

1st Place in The Parade: Island of Misfit Toys on sailboat Dark Star – Captain Doug Savage

Community Choice Award: Jingle all The Way on canoe FLOTUS – Captain Kelsey Semrod

Best in Parade:  X-Mas Files on sailboat Surprise – Captain Sarah Ollila

Congratulations to all the captains and crew members who participated in the parade. We salute your amazing holiday spirit!

Save the date to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this iconic tradition with us on December 3, 2022!

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