DISCOVERY BAY -- Spring has sprung. In this Delta community, that means it's time to get those boats on the water and out on backyard docks.

Discovery Bay's Opening Day boat parade will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Lighthouse Bay. The route will snake its way through town inlets right in front of people's backyard docks, reaching the Discovery Bay Yacht Club around 3 or 4 p.m.

"Almost every boating community has an opening to their season. Ours is a lot of fun," said Linda Loveland, the parade's organizer.

The parade has been held for at least two decades in the town where a large portion of homes have backyards with docks. Each year's has a different theme; this year's theme is a salute to those in the military, both past and present. The "Honoring Those Who Served" celebration also includes paramedics, firefighters and law enforcement.

"It's truly a way to appreciate all of those who serve, not just in the military, but those who work locally everyday," Loveland said.

The Yacht Club also puts on a lighted boat parade during the holidays, but Loveland says this opening day parade is more fun.

"There's lots of communication between the docks and the boats, and because it's in the daylight, you can see who's on the boats," she said.

Thus far about 11 boats have registered. They will be festooned in patriotic flags, bunting, balloons -- even camouflage, Loveland said.

Awards will be given after the parade for the top three large, medium and small boat displays, along with the best-decorated homes along the parade route and the most enthusiastic dock party.


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Registrations must be turned in by Wednesday. For more information, call Loveland at 925-516-7286. The parade route can be viewed at www.dbyc.com.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.