Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Christmas Afloat to Return This Year after Being on Hiatus since 2011

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Christmas Afloat to Return This Year after Being on Hiatus since 2011

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Christmas Afloat, the Tuscaloosa lighted boat parade that went missing in the wake of the April 2011 tornadoes, will return for 2015, beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 19 on the Black Warrior River.

It had been a holiday staple since 1990, but so many watercraft were destroyed in 2011, the event took a hiatus, said Christmas Afloat chairman Ken DeWitt.

"... We are slowly but surely returning to our former numbers. So this marks another return to our city's great holiday traditions," DeWitt wrote in a news release.

The parade route will start at the Riverview boat landing, just upriver from Woolsey Finnell Bridge (the one on McFarland Boulevard), and proceed down the river along the north bank. The flotilla will turn around near the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, site of Holidays on the River ice skating and other events, then return upriver closer to the south shore. …

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