Float Your Boat lights up Lake Macquarie as second night has been canceled due to weather | Newcastle Herald


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Lake Macquarie shone in lights on Friday night when Float Your Boat returned after a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19. More than 5,000 people made their way to the promenade on the west side of the lake to see the flotilla of illuminated ships gliding across the water on Friday evening. The second night of the event on Saturday, which was to take place on the eastern edge of the lake, had to be canceled for several days due to the weather, as strong wind and rain were forecast for the evening. About 20 boats traveled along the west side of the lake, going down from Marmong Point to Bolton Point, Toronto, Coal Point and Rathmines before ending at Wangi. The main festivities took place on the Toronto foothills, which featured live music, magic shows, lighted art installations, children’s activities and food trucks. A bonfire and live entertainment was also held at Wangi Wangi. “It was a truly wonderful evening and fantastic to see so many families along the coast from Marmong Point to Wangi Wangi,” said Jacqui Hemsley, director of arts, culture and tourism for Lake Macquarie City Council. “After COVID forced the cancellation last year, it was great to bring our community back together for the event.” The participating boats are in the running for a People’s Choice Award of $ 2,000, a Mayor’s Best Boat Award in To win US $ 1,000 for vessels 5 to 10 meters in length and a Mayor’s Best Boat Award of US $ 1,000 for vessels over 10 meters in length. Fans can win the race for a $ 100 gift certificate by voting for their favorite boat. For more information, visit lakemac.com.au/floatyourboat. IN THE NEWS: Our journalists are working hard to bring local, breaking news to the community. Here’s how you can still access our trusted content:

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