Flotilla Boat Parade lights up the waterway

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A holiday parade on water, The 34th Annual Flotilla Boat Parade weekend pulled up the drawbridge and in the crowds to watch the waterway sparkle with Christmas lights.

As the decorated and holiday themed boats made their way around the island people cheered.

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Every year the flotilla draws thousands of people to Wrightsville Beach to see what kind of boats will enter the parade.

Maya Shaw and her family come from out of town every year and she said it is their after Thanksgiving tradition.

“I like that it’s just a community thing like everyone gets around to come in and see all these boats, and it’s cool because it brings everyone together,” Shaw said.

Shaw also said she hopes to carry on this tradition as she grows older.

The boats competed for best in show, people’s choice and many more awards.

After the boats made their way around the island there was an after show featuring fireworks.