Boat parade to mark West Haven centennial celebration

West Haven is celebrating its centennial this year.

West Haven is celebrating its centennial this year.

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WEST HAVEN — As part of the city’s centennial planning for this year, a boat parade will be held next month to mark the celebration, according to officials.

More than 100 boats are expected to take part in the West Haven Centennial Boat Parade, Mayor Nancy Rossi said in a release. The event is set for 1 p.m. June 12, with a rain date of June 13, it said.

The event is being presented by the City of West Haven Centennial Celebration Committee.

According to the release, the boat parade will follow the city coast from Sandy Point in New Haven Harbor to the Oyster River in Baybrook, West Haven Harbor Master Robert Pimer said in the release. Pimer will help steer the procession, it said.

Rossi encouraged residents to watch the parade from the beaches along Beach Street, Captain Thomas Boulevard and Ocean Avenue.

“I cannot wait for our residents to witness this one-of-a-kind boat parade along our very shore,” Rossi said in the release. The mayor is expected to join Pimer as he leads the parade. “This event is a tribute to the enduring history and legacy of West Haven as a true maritime community,” she said.

The procession also will include the West Haven, West Shore and City of West Haven Allingtown fire departments, the release said.

Anyone wishing to participate in the parade can meet at the West Haven jetty at 1 p.m. and follow the Police Department’s patrol boat throughout the route, John Biancur, an event organizer and member of the centennial committee, said in the release.

“The committee is reaching out to the boating community to take part in this unique event,” Biancur said. “We are also inviting as many people as possible to come down to our beaches and see our parade.”

Those participating in the parade are asked to decorate their boats in patriotic colors, including displaying American, Connecticut or West Haven flags, the release said.