Boat parade will light up river September 20

The Sixth Annual Riverlights Boat Parade is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 20 at about 7 p.m. on the Housatonic River. The rain date is Sept. 21.

This parade will start at the I-95 Moses-Wheeler Bridge and proceed down river to the Knapps Landing Restaurant in Stratford.

All net proceeds will be donated to St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound to provide cancer education, screening and prevention programs for the community, as well as financial aid and assistance to cancer patients, survivors, and their families.

Since the inaugural event in 2008, the Riverlights parade has raised more than $30,000 for the Swim. Spectators can donate directly to St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound by going online to

The parade is organized by the Valley Yacht Club of Milford with help and participation from members of the Harbor Valley Yacht Club, Caswell Cove Marina, Brewer Marina (Stratford), and Pootatuck Yacht Club.

All area boaters are invited to sign-up, light up their boats, and participate.

Best viewing locations will be the various shoreline restaurants and public river access areas in Stratford and Milford.

For further details about sign up and sponsor information, log on to and click on the Riverlights banner or call James Manzolli, 203-377-6119,

St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is a charitable not-for-profit organization run by the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation of Bridgeport.

Since 1987, the Swim has had a unique niche helping individuals and families struggling through the difficult changes that cancer it brings with it. The Swim serves approximately 30,000 people annually by providing over 45 programs, including cancer education, screening, prevention and support programs at low- or no-cost for the uninsured and underinsured.

In addition, the Swim helps individual cancer patients on a case-by-case basis with specific financial assistance, funding of wigs and prostheses, medication assistance, free transportation to treatments and appointments, day-care scholarships, support groups and more.

For more information, contact the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation at 203-576-5451 or visit