November 22, 2004 - Holiday festivities take to
the water on November 26 with the Pilot RiverLights Festival and Boat
Parade at Volunteer Landing.
The festivities begin at 6 p.m. as magicians, face painters and balloon
artists work the crowd all along Volunteer Landing.
Bill Haslam will lead the countdown at 6:30 p.m. for Knoxville's most
visible holiday tradition -- Up on the Rooftops, which lights up the
night sky with over 350 light trees on the tops of buildings and light
trees located along Volunteer Landing.
The parade of up to 50 decorated, lighted vessels begins at 7 p.m. Each vessel will have its own theme, and each one acts as a luminary to bring in Christmas in the City 2004.
The Golden Ladle soup competition allows festival-goers to warm their
bellies with fare from local restaurants and help out a good cause.
For a donation (large or small), families can sample soups and vote
for their favorite with all proceeds going to the Empty Stocking Fund.
An ice-carving exhibition will bring several area chefs with their chain-saws a blazin' to transform blocks of ice into magical holiday centerpieces.
The RiverLights Festival is presented by Pilot and sponsors are The
Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR-TV 10, EZ 88.3 FM, Love 89.1 FM, Comcast
Cable Communications, TVA, The Marinas on Fort Loudon, Copper Cellar
Corp. and East Tennessee Baptist Health System.