Tonight at 6 pm, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is to host the fifth annual “Heroes of the Harbor” dinner and parade. For the second year, the parade is made available to the public. Gathering at Pier 62 in Hudson River Park, the public are invited to view, listen to narration from expert speakers, and take pictures when the boats rest at the Chelsea Piers lighthouse.
According to DNA Info New York, as the largest Parade of Boats yet, the event will comprise more than 28 modern and historic ships, including two large United States Coast Guard Cutters, classic yachts, passenger ferries, historic, educational and excursion boats, kayaks, et cetera, will sail the Hudson River.
The parade is a precursor to the annual “Heroes of the Harbor” awards, which honors both individuals and organizations that have been instrumental in helping the New York Harbor during the past year. This year, the honoree is Michael O’Keefe, an owner of the popular River Cafe and Water Club restaurants. O’Keefe helped push for the revitalization of the Brooklyn waterfront with the aid of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
In addition, the marine organization will honor New York City rowing and paddling groups that offer free classes and excursions. Tickets to the awards dinner range from $500 dollars for one person to $50,000 for a table.
The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is made of over 620 businesses, community, educational, and recreational groups, as well as others committed to reforming and renovating the New York-New Jersey Harbor and its waterways.
The event’s sunset finale spectacular is a pretty incredible light and water display from FDNY’s Fireboat 343, which will blast its fire-fighting water cannons. The best part, is that you don’t even have to be a 60-year-old retired business man to attend, So kids, if you’re looking for a romantic date spot, this is your place. Or, if you just enjoy film/photography/old vessels, this is a pretty cool event to attend. Also, everything is monumentally better with drinking games. Drink every time there’s a boat!