Float your Boat will light up Lake Macquarie later this month with a spectacular parade of illuminated vessels that will cruise the shoreline for the two-night festival.
More than a dozen boats have already registered for the festival, which will see owners of boats big and small cover their decks, masts and everything else above water with LED lights and shining sculptures.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said Lake Macquarie is 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 livesites 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.
The best vantage spots for Friday’s parade include Marmong Point, Toronto, Bolton Point Park, Coal Point, Rathmines and Wangi Wangi.
A foreshore livesite at Toronto from 5.30pm-8.30pm will feature live music, food stalls, and entertainment including performances from Circus Avalon.
On Saturday 23 June, 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 livesite on Saturday 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.
Take a look at the event wrap up from last year to get a preview of what’s to come at Float Your Boat 2019.
Lake Macquarie Cruises will offer a two-hour dinner cruise on both Friday and Saturday night, departing from Booragul Public Wharf at 6pm. Contact Lake Macquarie Cruises to book your ticket.
Registration to take part in the Float Your Boat parade is free and can be completed at lakemac.com.au.
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.
Float Your Boat is sponsored by Marmong Point Marina, Belmont 16s and the Brighton Apartments.