Downtown Beaufort Celebrations for Holiday Weekend

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Photo above: Shepherds, angels and three wise walk behind a float with a live Nativity scene.

Covered by local photographer Bob Sofaly

Christmas Parade

The traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade was held last Sunday afternoon showcasing friends, families, and organziations as they walked through the streets of downtown Beaufort. Floats, bands, groups of walkers and personal cars and trucks were all present.

Light Up the Night Boat Parade

Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron and Main Street Beaufort, USA, celebrated another festive holiday season with the magical display of decorated boats ambling up the Beaufort River in the Light Up the Night Boat Parade at the Waterfront Park. Families enjoyed this wonderful display of decorated boats with cookies and cups of hot chocolate as they stood by the seawall on a perfect Beaufort night. And the winners are:

Power Boats under 25’: First Place – Sassy Rose, Capt. Eddie Adams; Second Place – Beau Cat, Capt. Daniel Walsh

Power Boats 25’ & over: First Place – Tipsy, Capt. Ed Livingston; Second Place – Tardis, Capt. Bob Corsaro

Sailboats 30’ & over: First Place – Spartina, Capt. Simon Jenkins; Second Place – Christine, Capt. Robert Morris

Holiday Shrimp Festival

If you missed the make-up day for the annual Shrimp Festival and the Light up the Night Parade on Saturday at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, you can’t blame the weather this time.LaNelle Fabian, Executive Director of Main Street Beaufort, USA, said she has had several requests from people suggesting they do the same type event involving food during the day and the boat parade at night for next year. “This is something the board will discuss for next year”, she said.

Fabian said about 2,500 people showed up for the twin event. “We had a steady stream of people all day, she said. “It got really busy for the Parris Island Marine Band and the boat parade.” So maybe next year it will be another full day of food and fun culminating with the festive boat parade as Beaufort only knows how to do!