Parade of Boats Brings Vessels Large and Small to the Hudson River

By Mathew Katz on October 5, 2012 7:35am 

CHELSEA — Row, row, row your boat, gently down the Hudson.

The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance's Parade of Boats is open to the public for the second year in a row, as dozens of vessels large and small will make their way along the Hudson River for the annual celebration Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Starting at 6 p.m., more than 24 modern and historic ships — along with private yachts — will cruise along the Hudson. The show will culminate in a light and water display from the FDNY's Fireboat 343, which will unleash the full force of its fire-fighting water cannons.

The fifth-annual parade is a precursor to the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance's "Heroes of the Harbor" awards, which honors individuals and organizations that have helped the New York harbor of the past year.

This year's winners are Michael "Buzzy" O'Keeffe, the owner of the popular River Cafe and Water Club restaurants, who helped push for the revitalization of the Brooklyn waterfront, along with the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

The marine organization will also honor numerous city rowing and paddling groups that offer free classes and excursions on boats, canoes, kayaks and more to people around the city.

Viewing of the Parade of Boats is open to the public at Pier 62, at West 22nd Street and the Hudson River. Tickets to the organization's awards dinner range from $500 for an individual to $50,0000 for a table.

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