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Media Alert: "Opening Day On The Bay" Marks The Official Start Of San Franciscos 2006 Boating Season
WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 2006, starting at 12:00 Noon.
WHAT: “Opening Day on the Bay” is parade of nearly 200 decorated boats that celebrates the official beginning of a new boating season on San Francisco Bay. The theme of this year’s Opening Day is “Mardi Gras the Bay.” Viewers can expect to see some of New Orleans’ cultural traditions – a floating Fat Tuesday with sailing vessels of every size and shape. In addition, various classic vessels are being invited, some of which are over 100 years old. The occasion will be a unique opportunity to see these special boats, all at the same time, sailing close to shore where land-based spectators can enjoy the event from Crissy Field to Pier 39. The parade will be led by one of the City of San Francisco's popular fireboats, the Phoenix. To promote a safe and enjoyable day, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons and other designated craft will patrol the parade route.
WHERE: Free public viewing is available on San Francisco’s Northern Shoreline from Crissy Field to Pier 39.
WHO: Organized by Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA) and sponsored by Boat Owners Association of The United States.
HOW: Members of the media are invited to cover the event from a press boat which departs at 11:20 A.M. from Pier 39. The boat will be on the water for about an hour and will move throughout the parade route, providing excellent photo opportunities. Contact PICYA Media Representative Manny Mier 415-383-5632 for boarding information.