Always an amazing time, and the decorations are in full swing, for the annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade happening this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2.

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The festive boats launch at 6 p.m. both nights going up the Benton County side of the river first, then, around 7:30 p.m. at the far end of Howard Amon Park, crossing over and going back to Clover Island on the Franklin County side.

At the end, around 9 p.m., the boats make an additional loop for everyone on the Island before heading back to the Clover Island Marina.

Skippers Meeting for the 2017 parade is Wednesday Nov. 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Clover Island Yacht Club.

Greg DeLange