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Wrightsville Beach begins plan for annual NC Holiday Flotilla

With Halloween behind us, folks are getting ready for the next set of holiday celebrations. In Wrightsville Beach, that means the annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla. The annual light-adorned boat parade hits the Intracoastal Waterway the Saturday after Thanksgiving. At a luncheon Monday, organizers said the event is more than just the boats, though. Mayor Stephen Whalen said the more than 50,000 visitors is a boon for the area. "It's good for Wrightsville Beach. It's good for our economy. We get a lot of people that stay in the hotels and the motels over that two or three day period,” said Mayor Whalen. “They visit the restaurants, so I just think it's good for everybody." The festivities start with a 5k run and walk November 14th. Thanksgiving weekend there's a tree lighting and visit from Santa ahead of the flotilla itself.

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The North Carolina Holiday Flotilla

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all going to be in the Flotilla this year! I just wanted to write and tell you how much your participation has meant to me, my family and friends!! I think last year's was the best so far, especially because I was able to make such a special video of your marvelous work and record your delightful holiday spirits!!! You were all so wonderful, I hope I can make an even better one this year..that one was my first attempt!

You all make Thanksgiving so special for my family and me, I can't tell you how much it has meant to me to have my little record of events!

Thank you so much for everything! I'm sending the link, only because I just love watching you all!!! What you do every year is priceless!!


Martha Edwards Smith

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