Elvin W. Moon (Photo: File)

Renowned engineering firm owner, Elvin W. Moon, is the first Black man to co-chair the Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade.  In this position, he intends to execute the occasion with the highest standards of excellence and with each attendee’s enjoyment and safety in mind. 

 Moon, who is in charge of planning and production for the Marina del Rey City of Lights, is the founder and CEO of E.W. Moon, Inc., and serves as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission’s 4th District. 

Regarding the Holiday Boat Parade, he insisted, “This is an event that you don’t want to miss. 

 “I encourage families to come on out and be a part of a night that will be good for everyone.  I believe that this year is one that those in our community should attend if they can, especially since this marks the first year that a Black man is serving as co-chair, and the first Black woman is serving in the prestigious position of grand marshal,” stated Moon. 

 Dozens of dazzlingly illuminated boats of all sizes will float gently through the harbor, bringing holiday joy and laughter to family and friends.  Grand Marshal and County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell and Celebrity Grand Marshals David Foster and Katharine McPhee will open the parade with a spectacular fireworks display over the marina.  

Supv. Holly J. Mitchell (Photo: file)

About the occasion, Mitchell said, “Making history as the first Black woman to serve as grand marshal for the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade is both an honor and reminder of the continued firsts L.A. County has an opportunity to make.  

“It is my goal to ensure that Marina del Rey and all communities that have beautiful traditions and community assets to offer continue to become more inclusive and accessible to all residents,” she noted.  

“I am proud to represent Marina del Rey in the Second Supervisorial District as a result of redistricting, and I look forward to celebrating this staple holiday event that for 60 years has brought families together for a spectacular night on the marina.”  

Over 30,000 spectators make the journey each year to the marina for this festive event.  It was back in 1963 when the first boat parade circled the main basin, and there were only about 100 boats in the entire marina, 20 of which entered that first parade.  The marina now houses 4,602 boat slips in 22 anchorages.  Last year, over 80 boats entered the parade. 

The Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade is a non-profit organization.  This year’s presenting sponsor is Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.  This year’s theme is “Sparkle on the Water.” The event will take place on Saturday, December 10th, in Marina del Rey, 5:55 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.,   

To learn more, visit: www.ewmooninc.net orhttps://mdrboatparade.org 

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