December 2, 2023

The Wharf Announces Winners of the 31st 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 31st Anniversary of the District's Holiday Boat Parade supported the Washington Area Fuel Fund.

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 2023 District's Holiday Boat Parade supporting the Washington Area Fuel Fund:

Most Likely to Capsize: Capsizable on power boat Capsizing – Captain Walter Weis

Best Crew: Skeleton Crew on sailboat Hiatus – Captain Joe Caminiti

Most Ingenious Idea: Elves on Shelf on power boat Little Nauti – Captain Paul Cianciolo

Spirit of DC: Rockin Round the Tree on power boat Big Sky – Captain Tim Locke

Founder’s Award: Coexist on power boat Sante – Captain Dan Ricks

Waterfront Wow: Hard Rock Holidays on power boat Lake Effect – Captain Chris Lake

Best Motorboat: Lighting McQueen on power boat Aquaholic – Captain Chris Johnson

Best Sailboat: Barbie Let’s Party on sailboat Bullet Proof – Captain Brian Terhaar

Partner’s Award: Dreams Do Come True on power boat Tuesday – Captain Joe Landa

3rd Place: The Naughty List on power boat Nauti List – Captain Matt Martelli

2nd Place: Cheeseburgers in Paradise on power boat All In – Captain Jeff Deem

1st Place: Ken’s Mojo Dojo on power boat Hold My Pier – Captain John Stevens

Showstopper Award: Hippopotamus on power boat Magical Knots – Captain Brian Dollinger

Best in Parade: Thanks for the Memories Jimmy Buffett on power boat It’s Always Something – Captain Steve Gwensberg.

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 32nd anniversary of this iconic tradition with us on December 7, 2024!

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