Tonight, May 31, the American Legion Post 14 is hosting their pre-Flotilla Party, open to everyone, at the post located on Lakeshore Drive on Cross Lake. You do not have to have a boat, or be on a boat, to have fun at the Flotilla. There is plenty to do on land, based at the Legion, as well.
On a side note, I admit, the linguist in me has some trouble with this flotilla/floatilla thing. Technically, I believe the spelling is "flotilla" but the event is billed, and has always been billed, as the "floatilla." I'm sure there's a back story there but I don't know what it is.
However you spell it, tonight, there will be a catfish dinner ($10) and registration for tomorrow's Poker Run will be open ($20). You can get your 2013 Flotilla t-shirts on sale as well.
It gets even better: The Soulfish Blues Band will be playing in the lounge until 10:30 or 11! If you haven't seen this band yet, you're in for a treat. Fabulous!
The 2013 Flotilla is tomorrow, Saturday, with opening ceremonies and placing of the flags on the pier at noon by veterans and the Boy Scouts. The Poker Run is from 1:00 to 3:00; the decorated boat parade is at 4. The Back When Band will play live in the parking lot at the Legion from 2-4 with sound by Paxton Sound. There will be plenty of food vendors at the Legion and the bar will be open, of course. The after-party will continue at 6 in the American Legion Lounge on Saturday with the Backbeat Boogie Band.
Last year's boat parade was a display of great creativity and whimsy!
The Facebook page for the event is here. Here is the official event poster.
Don't miss it, and don't let the threat of rain scare you away! That'll just keep you cooled off if the sun gets too hot!