NEWPORT BEACH (KTLA) — Families lined up in Newport Beach to watch the annual Christmas Boat Parade on Wednesday night, even as some boaters threatened to boycott the event.
Many had said they wouldn’t participate in the parade after the Newport Beach City Council passed an increase in a dock fees.
Some waterfront residents along the parade route also threatened to pull the plug on their Christmas lights.
Locals say the hike impacts boaters as well as local businesses.
“It’s unfortunate,” Newport Beach resident Matt Keller said. “I don’t understand why they had to raise it.”
Some locals said there were fewer boats than most years, but the 104th year of the parade still went off as planned, with plenty of action on the water for people to enjoy.
The parade will continue nightly from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. through this Sunday, Dec. 23.