Newport Harbor Illuminated Boat Parade

The 23rd Annual Newport Illuminated Boat Parade is another event that has been forced to cancel this year due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns for the health and safety of all spectators.

The popular event, which takes place annually on Black Friday, typically includes a dazzling display of nautical holiday spirit along Newport Harbor’s waterfront from Newport Yacht Club down to King Park.

The parade is organized and sponsored annually by Discover Newport, Newport Yacht Club, and the City of Newport.

Thousands of spectators showed up along the Newport waterfront in 2019 to watch 23 boats compete.

A Facebook Event for Holiday Lighted Boat Parade 2020 has been shared by a lot of Newporter’s this week. While it’s easy to confuse the event photo and the event with Newport’s annual event, that event is in Mystic, Connecticut.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.