Have you ever been to Naples? No, not the original one! The knock-off down in Long Beach! It is an island filled with beautiful homes and canals where you might catch a gondola or two. On December 15, the little island hosts an annual event when holidays lights abound, boats line the canals and the crowds come down to share in the holiday spirit.
Roads are normally closed down close to the event and parking is a challenge to say the least. The event is free so there are large crowds that gather to witness this parade.
We will gather before sunset (and hopefully, the crowds) to catch the sunset at 4:46 pm. The show officially starts at 6 pm but based on past experience, I wouldn't count on it. Expect it to start at 6:30 pm and there you will have 2 options. Shoot the big boat or the small boat parades, which are 2 separate routes. The smaller one tends to be a little more interesting, in my humble opinion, because of the people and types of watercraft that participate. But the large yacht are also very interesting to capture in all their holiday regalia.
More info: http://www.naplesca.com/Home_Page.html
I will send an email to all confirmed attendees a few days before the event on our meeting place. Dress in layers for comfort and wear good walking shoes. We will be doing a lot of walking so keep that in mind. While tripods are not banned, I would ask that everyone consider the crowds. A fast lens, a higher ISO, steady hand and/or a monopod may be the best alternative. Please consider carpooling as parking can be nonexistent and the trek long.
Afterwards, we can head back towards 2nd street and just grab a bite at one of the many dining establishments in the area.