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Photos: Patchogue Holiday Boat Parade 2011

Approximately 20 boats lit up Patchogue River for Sunday night's parade.

The 18th annual featured 20 boats floating through Patchogue River and was watched by thousands of specators along the waterfront on Sunday evening.

For the first time, two boats participated in tandem under the same theme, with "The Grinch That Stole Christmas."

Santa Claus made an appearance at the parade guided by his reindeers. He landed at terminal where he passed out candy canes to children.

The parade was judged by Dennis Smith, Lori Belmonte, Stephen McGiff and Gerard Crean. Commentary was provided by Ed Travers, and the event was webcast on the Patchogue Riverfront Committee's website and in several Patchogue restaurants in businesses via .

Winners of the parade contests received a trophy.

Browse the photos above for highlights from the parade. The parade broadcast from the Patchogue Riverfront Committee is embedded as well. Check back to see more photos added to this gallery. Have your own photos from the event? Add them to the gallery.

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