Malibu Dealer Paraded Down The River For Christmas
(Edmond, OK) – The Oklahoma River Holiday Parade and Festival celebrated the grand opening of the Oklahoma River and the completion of the final MAPS Projects on December 11, 2004. With the cold air filling the lungs of over 35,000 spectators lining the banks of the Oklahoma River, a parade of 37 holiday decorated boats passed by lighting up the faces of all ages. As the first public event hosted on the newly completed river, spectators feel it will have to be an annual event
Employees of Wilson Watersports in Edmond, Oklahoma decorated their Malibu with tropical themes including a grass skirt, palm trees, flamingos, tiki lights and an 8 foot Santa sporting sunglasses and a tropical shirt. With the radio blaring the tunes of Jimmy Buffet and The Beach Boys, onlookers danced in their seats with excitement. As the boat paraded before the announcer’s box, the announcer stated, “This is one party Jimmy Buffet would be proud to attend.”
When asked about the event, Laura Wilson owner of Wilson Watersports had this to say, “It took over 4 hours to decorate our boat, but it was well worth it when we saw the excitement from the crowd.”
While Wilson Watersports took first place in the “Individual Entry” category, a Wakesetter 25LSV which was donated by Wilson Watersports to a corporate sponsor of the event, Wacovia Securities, took the second most prestigious award for the night. Wacovia Securities decorated the Wakesetter 25LSV in a beautiful holiday theme including Christmas tree’s, icicles and reindeer pulling Mrs. Clause in a sleigh. Awarded the “Mayor’s Trophy”, both Wilson Watersports and Wacovia Securities were ecstatic.
Over $100,000 was raised during this event. All profits went into the Oklahoma Riverfront Authority Foundation for future upkeep and maintenance on the newly restored waterway. The Daily Oklahoman Newspaper quoted many citizens as saying, “This will definitely be an annual event.”