Riverlights Boat Parade supports St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound

The 9th annual Riverlights Boat Parade will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m., on the Housatonic River, starting at the I-95 Moses-Wheeler Bridge, Stratford and proceeding down river to the Knapp's Landing Restaurant in Stratford. Renee Chmiel of Channel 8 News will serve as Grand Marshal of the Riverlights Boat Parade this year. The public is invited to view the lighted boats parade from Birdseye Dock and meet Chmiel.

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 it began, the Riverlights parade has raised more than $80,000 for the SWIM.

The parade is organized by the Valley Yacht Club of Milford with support 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.

The best viewing locations for spectators will be the various shoreline restaurants and public river access areas in Stratford and Milford from 7 p.m. on.

For details about sign up and sponsor information, visit valleyyc.org and click on the Riverlights banner or contact Tom Hamilton at 203-209-3435 ortham1957@gmail.com.