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Wrightsville Beach begins plan for annual NC Holiday Flotilla

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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!!

Sincerely,

Martha Edwards Smith

The link:

http://www.youtube.com/user/scldrgnfly?feature=mhee#p/u/50/7mj5R8mMjCE