December 3, 2022

The Wharf Announces Winners of the 30th Annual District's Holiday Boat Parade

A Southwest DC community tradition since 1992, 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 30th Anniversary of the District's Holiday Boat Parade was presented by Washington Gas, a WGL Company, on December 3, 2022.

As the boats promenaded past The Wharf, judges evaluated parade participants' theme, crew, decorations, and holiday spirit. Over a dozen boats received awards with cash prizes ranging from $100 to $1000 dollars. In total, participating boaters received a total of over $24,000 in prizes and swag.

The Wharf is proud to announce the following prize-winning boats and captains from the 2022 District's Holiday Boat Parade:

Most Likely to Capsize: Yuletide Pride on dinghy Lucky Little Star – Captain Kelly Simon

Best Crew: Who Doesn’t Love Holiday Mermaids on power boat SEKI-A – Captain Jason Kopp

Most Ingenious Idea: Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer on powerboat Timeless Splash – Captain Hany Nasr

Spirit of DC: From Odessa With Love on sail boat Tuesday – Captain Joe Landa

Founder’s Award: Celebrating 30 Years of the Boat Parade! on power boat Digger – Captain Bob Rose

Waterfront Wow: Mario Brothers on sail boat Moovin’ – Captain Tom Cordell

Best Motorboat: Christmas at The Wharf on power boat Kairos – Captain Michael Bradford

Best Sailboat: A Charlie Brown Christmas on sail boat Dark Star – Captain Doug Savage

30th Anniversary Showstopper Award Presented by Oasis Marinas: Land Before Time on power boat Beer Hunter – Captain Christopher Johnson

3rd Place: Have a Chesapeake Bay Crabby Christmas on power boat Miss Behavin’ – Captain Kirt Barbee

2nd Place: COVID Christmas on power boat Big Blind – Captain David Hays

1st Place: Celebrating 30 Years of the Boat Parade! on power boat Digger – Captain Bob Rose

Community Choice: COEXIST on power boat Santé – Captain Daniel Ricks

Best in Parade: National Lampoons Christmas Vacation: Griswold House Lighting Ceremony on power boat Magical Knots – Captains Brian and Tonia Dollinger

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

In addition to honoring boaters, on the 30th anniversary of the parade, The Wharf proudly celebrated Southwest DC community member Barbara Ehrlich, who founded the District’s Holiday Boat Parade in 1992 and hasn’t missed a single year! 

Save the date to celebrate the 31st anniversary of this iconic tradition with us on December 2, 2023!

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