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FLOTILLA 33 PARTICIPATES IN THE CARTERS CREEK LIGHTED BOAT PARADE ON 30OCT10
AS DARK APPROACHES, AUX 27137 IS DECORATED & READY FOR THE PARADE. (L TO R): JIM THOMAS, LYNN MCARDLE, BRIAN MCARDLE, FRANCOISE KIRKPATRICK (F31), AMY THOMAS, & PETER KIRKPATRICK (F31).
BM2 JASON LEE (FAR L) & CREW ABOARD CG 25837 LED THE LIGHTED BOAT PARADE.
IT'S SHOWTINE FOR RED, WHITE, & BOO.
AUX 27137 DECORATED AS RED, WHITE, & BOO ON 30OCT10(THAT'S BOO ON THE STERN)!
What is an Auxiliary boat doing decorated with lights and with a nine foot ghost on its stern? Members of Flotilla 33 thought it would be a good Public Affairs event to participate in the “Lights on the Creek” Boat Parade the Saturday night before Haloween. This is an annual event held on Carters Creek in which decorated boats participate in a parade starting from The Tide’s Inn in Irvington.
“We thought that since this was happening in our AOR, it would be good to participate in this community event,” commented Jim Thomas, Coxswain of AUX 27137. “Station Milford Haven also sent CG 25837 to participate with us, so we had good Coast Guard & AUxiliary participation.”
Jim & Amy Thomas, Peter & Francoise Kirkpatrick (F31) and Brian McArdle spent Saturday morning decorating AUX 27137. At sundown, a half hour before the parade started, the Tide’s Inn fired a cannon as a signal for all boats to turn their lights and for people to tour the dock area to view the boats up close. “This was a great opportunity to talk to people,” said Francois Kirkpatrick. “Many people were pleasantly surprised that the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary were participating.”
“We are always looking for new and different ways to promote safe boating and the Auxiliary,” said Amy Thomas. “This was a unique event, fun for us and it gave us the opportunity to Wave the Flag.”
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