Fifteen registered boat entries and a couple of non-registered boats participated in the parade with partly cloudy skies threatening to rain (but never did), comfortable temperature and a light breeze. The parade was escorted down the canal by the U. S. Coast Guard and the Lewes Fire Boat followed the last boat in the parade. This year’s Honorary Grand Marshal was Dr. Nancy Target, riding on the University of Delaware’s Research Vessel Joanne Daiber. Large number of spectators lined the banks of the canal, City Dock, Canalfront Park, the canal bridge and the numerous waterfront restaurants.
ANNOUNCER: Mayor Ted Becker
JUDGES: City Council members: Deputy Mayor Fred Beaufait, Bonnie Osler, Rob Morgan;
Representing Overfalls Foundation, their board president Albert Didden; Representing Lewes Chamber of Commerce, their board’s past president Kathy Davison.
GRAND PRIZE – Entry #5, ELIZABETH JANE, Captain Jason King with George Washington, Betsy Ross, Uncle Sam, Ben Franklin, Statue of Liberty, Samuel Adams and Old Glory
1st PRIZE – Entry # 11, NO SHOES PONTOON, Captain Matthes Degliobizzi
2nd PRIZE – Entry #18, BABS, Captain Jenny Donohue and Rosie the Riveters
3rd PRIZE – Entry # 8, NO NAME, Captain Lee Kinnamon
The Lewes 4th of July Boat Parade was sponsored by the Lightship Overfalls Foundation and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce.