I just want to voice my frustration about how late the boat parade always seems to be announced. People like to be able to make plans, whether it's as attendee's, or participants.
If it's known that it's going to occur the first Saturday in December, then it shouldn't be that complicated to announce far earlier than a very, very, VERY short ONE week prior to the event.
This is most likely why the event was canceled last year, because people didn't have enough time/notice to prepare. I went through hoops to change my travel plans last year, and get my display ready with the same short notice, and then have in canceled.
If there is a need for help on this event, I would be more than thrilled to volunteer!