NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — Earlier this week, the Newport Seashore Chamber of Commerce introduced that it had canceled the annual Christmas Boat Parade as a result of coronavirus pandemic, however a bunch of locals stated they’re planning to placed on a parade of their very own.
“We’re gonna have the boat parade,” Mike Glenn, a boater, stated. “Not every little thing requires a boss.”
Glenn stated simply because the chamber selected to cancel the annual occasion, which was scheduled to happen Dec. 16-20, it wouldn’t cease locals from adorning their boats, hitting the harbor and going rogue.
“I believe we’re going free,” he stated. “That is what freedom’s about.”
Glenn stated 250 boaters have already signed as much as take part within the off-book occasion, although he expects that quantity to double over the approaching weeks.
“It actually brings pleasure to the group,” he stated. “We intend to ship that pleasure, no matter whether or not or not the chamber desires to be part of it.”
Now, Metropolis Councilmember Kevin Muldoon is lobbying for town to step in with a vote of assist for the smaller outside occasion that may probably be held over three days, as a substitute of 5, and can wrap up earlier than the state-mandated curfew goes into impact every night time.
“This is a chance for us to point out how a lot we’ve realized by persevering with to have the protection be carried out by the people slightly than having the state mandate it to them,” he stated. “That very same spirit of independence and private accountability, I believe, continues to be robust in Newport.”
“I believe it’s nice, as a result of it’ll increase the economic system and we’d like the economic system boosted,” Steve Bryen, a diner, stated. “It’s actually unhappy what’s happening proper now.”
There is not going to be any concessions, occasions or particular locations to collect and park. Glenn stated the purpose of the occasion was to maintain eating places and motels, usually totally booked for the annual occasion, in enterprise.