Boat parade tours Moses Lake

Print Article

  • Casey McCarthy/ Columbia Basin Herald Boats line up as they make their way around Moses Lake for the Labor Day Boat Parade.

  • 1

    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Boaters met at Blue Heron Park on Saturday afternoon for the Labor Day Boat Parade in Moses Lake.

  • 2

    Casey McCarthy/ Columbia Basin Herald A boat decked out as the Loch Ness Monster takes part in the Boat Parade in Moses Lake over the weekend.

  • 3

    Casey McCarthy/ Columbia Basin Herald Chris Hansen raises the replica Statue of Liberty on his boat at Blue Heron Park in Moses Lake for the Boat Parade.

  • 4

    Casey McCarthy/ Columbia Basin Herald With sounds of patriotic song coming from the boat, the replica Statue of Liberty leads the Boat Parade around Moses Lake on Saturday afternoon.

  • Casey McCarthy/ Columbia Basin Herald Boats line up as they make their way around Moses Lake for the Labor Day Boat Parade.

  • 1

    Casey McCarthy/Columbia Basin Herald Boaters met at Blue Heron Park on Saturday afternoon for the Labor Day Boat Parade in Moses Lake.

  • 2

    Casey McCarthy/ Columbia Basin Herald A boat decked out as the Loch Ness Monster takes part in the Boat Parade in Moses Lake over the weekend.

  • 3

    Casey McCarthy/ Columbia Basin Herald Chris Hansen raises the replica Statue of Liberty on his boat at Blue Heron Park in Moses Lake for the Boat Parade.

  • 4

    Casey McCarthy/ Columbia Basin Herald With sounds of patriotic song coming from the boat, the replica Statue of Liberty leads the Boat Parade around Moses Lake on Saturday afternoon.

MOSES LAKE — It wasn’t exactly the Spanish Armada, but the boats that took to Moses Lake Saturday made a definite impression on everyone who could see.

“We had people sitting out on their decks all the way cheering us on and waving,” said organizer Mick Hansen.

The event was the first Moses Lake Boat Parade. The weather was perfect for being on the water and the boaters were enthusiastic. Anybody that happened to be near Blue Heron Park around 5 p.m. would have seen boaters congregating, a few putting in at the park itself and others gathering just offshore.

The flotilla left Blue Heron more or less on time, said Hansen. In the lead was Hansen’s Lady Liberty, a replica of the Statue of Liberty that played patriotic music as it went.

“We took it out on the trial run, and people started saluting,” said Jeff Hansen, whose son Christopher was her captain.

The tail end of the parade, appropriately enough, was the Moby Mick, in the form of a big black whale, complete with occasional roars.

The parade began with about 20 boats, said Mick Hansen, although not all of them stuck the full course, possibly due to the sewage spill that had occurred last week off Knolls Vista.

“Halfway through we started having some of them drop out, especially when we got into the zone that had the warnings about the sewer. We lost probably about half of our boats at that time. Probably about 10 actually made it to the downtown area. We went clear to the Alder Street Fill and then came back on Marina Drive.”

The hitches were surprisingly few. There was some difficulty igniting Lady Liberty’s torch, so it went unlit through the parade and nobody seemed to mind. Despite the notorious temperament of outboard motors, Hansen said, all the boats fired up just fine.

“We were within 10 minutes of our time all the way through the parade. We got off almost exactly when we said we would and we were checking in all along the way almost when we were supposed to be. So that part of it went very well. Probably the biggest problem as far as I was concerned was that everybody grouped together. Instead of having a drawn-out parade where you could see one boat at a time, we all flocked together,” Hansen said.

“We had a lot of them that didn’t do a whole lot of decorating but they had a lot of people on board,” he added. “They were following with us right to the end. I want to thank those people that stayed with us. Nobody got stuck on the sand bars and nobody got sick to the best of my knowledge, Nobody fell in.

“I think it was a success.”

Print Article

Read More Local News

Goals by the Bunch

October 18, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald MOSES LAKE — Some things are fairly certain in this life. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. The moon revolves around the Earth. And if the Chiefs are playing, Natalie Bunch is a threat ...

Comments

Read More

10-year sentence for man who provided drugs that killed inmate

October 18, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald EPHRATA — A Moses Lake man was sentenced to just under ten years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to providing heroin to an inmate in the Grant County Jail which caused him to overdose and die....

Comments

Read More

Vape shop owner frustrated over juice ban

October 18, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald MOSES LAKE — If you visit First Class Vapor, off Broadway Avenue in Moses Lake, the doors will be locked and you won’t see flavored vape juice on their shelves. This inconvenience is due to a tempo...

Comments

Read More

Moses Lake woman arrested again in EBT-drug scheme

October 18, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald MOSES LAKE — Months after dozens of charges were dropped in a sweeping EBT-for-drugs case, the Moses Lake woman at the center has been arrested again on almost identical charges before she could serv...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2019 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X