The Port of Dubuque Marina's Annual Lighted Boat Parade began in 2013 and has been a successful and widely attended community event each year. 25 - 35 boats will decorate along a common theme and gather inside the Port of Dubuque Ice Harbor on the first Saturday of August. A free musical performance on the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium plaza precedes the parade. At dusk boats will depart the marina and parade along Dubuque's Mississippi Riverwalk. Spectators are encouraged to help a panel of judges select the most impressive boats in the parade. Past years winners are listed below.
Lighted Boat Parade Winners
2016 – Holiday in August
33 feet and over:
Bob & Kay Vonderhaar, Silverton, Santa Fishing
Dick & Lynne Fricke, The Last Fudd?, 4th of July
Mona Woodward & George Doremus, The Y-Knot, National Lampoons Christmas