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Festival of lights returns


A spectacular parade of illuminated vessels will cruise the shoreline at Lake Macquarie for the annual Float Your Boat festival.

Owners of boats big and small are set to cover their decks, masts and everything else above water with LED lights and shining sculptures.

Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser said the city was the perfect stage to host a unique and creative festival of lights.

“Thousands of spectators lined the shore of our beautiful lake last year to see boats in a rainbow of colour motor past or to join in the fun at our live sites,” Cr Fraser said.

“This year, spectators can experience the magic of Float Your Boat in their own way, whether it be at one of the live sites at Warners Bay or Toronto, their own viewing location of choice along the foreshore or, for the first time, on a dinner cruise on the lake with Lake Macquarie Cruises.”

The first parade begins on Friday 28 June with a 5pm launch event at Marmong Point Marina, before the boats set sail at 6pm. From there, the flotilla will skirt the western edge of the lake, passing Toronto and Coal Point on their way to Wangi Wangi.

A foreshore live site at Toronto will feature live music, food stalls, and entertainment from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

On Saturday, the parade will set sail at 6pm from Marmong Point Marina, heading north towards Booragul, before crossing the lake and skirting its eastern edge from Warners Bay to Belmont.

The best Saturday vantage points include the Red Bluff walkway, Warners Bay and Belmont.

The Warners Bay live site will begin at 10am with market stalls and entertainment. From 5.30pm, come along to enjoy live music, LED hula-hoop and fire show, delicious gourmet food and specialty stalls.

Cash prizes are up for grabs for best-dressed boats, including a $2000 People’s Choice Award, a $1000 Mayor’s Best Boat Award for vessels 10m and over, and a $1000 Mayor’s Best Boat Award for vessels 5m and over.

Visit lakemac.com.au for more information.

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