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Flotilla endures rainy weather

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The North Carolina Holiday Flotilla began 25 years ago in an attempt to bring people to the beach in the winter time. According to the original flotilla president Martha Lee, it's been a success. “It pleases everyone from 1 to 100 and you can’t do any better than that. And it's bringing a lot of money into the beautification of Wrightsville Beach." Flotilla organizers say around 35,000 people gathered in Wrightsville Beach to watch the 16 elaborately decorated boats parade through Banks Channel. Because of the rain, organizers say about six boats dropped out and 10,000 fewer people watched. But that didn't seem to take away from the fun. Flotilla onlooker Toni Ivey said, “We've done it a time or two we just enjoy the social people and being around everybody and getting into the holiday season." Seven judges score the boats based on creativity and crew spirit, and the winners receive everything from cash prizes to a free vacations. Winners will be announced Sunday afternoon.

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It is amazing that there

It is amazing that there were 35,000 people there to see it. Oh wait, was there 25,000 people? That seems like a lot of people even if it was clear and warm outside. I have gone to about five and there has never been more than about 3,000 people there....


Looks great. It's closer for me, so I go to the one in Carolina Beach. Hopefully it won't be bitter cold!

Boats in the flotilla

On the bright side, the boaters probably didn't have to drive around waiting for a parking place at the boat ramp. The ramp is not big enough to accommodate the boating public. I've seen it take up to an hour to get a parking spot, it's ridiculous. But with the rain and cold i'm sure it didn't take long the night of the flotilla.