Saturday evening thousands of people lined the banks of Cape Cod Canal to view the parade of lighted boats. My wife and I were among the hundreds who arrived hours early so we would have a choice spot along the canal bank. Our spot was north of the Sandwich Marina.
About 9:40 PM the hundreds of us could see the first sign of the boat parade. As we all excitedly waited for the boats to reach us (they were too far away to see clearly) we were stunned to see them turn to begin their return back down the canal. What was happening? No boat parade for us!
With groans of frustration we all started back to our cars to leave. The comments overheard were not very polite. My first question is, who decided to have the boats turn back so soon that probably, a thousand children and adults were deprived of what they spent hours waiting for? The second question is, if this turnaround was planned, why didn’t someone (Coast Guard, police, park personnel, et cetera) start around 6 PM warning those north of the turnaround that the boats would not be going to the end of the canal? Then those hundreds and hundreds of us could have moved to another location so we, too, could have seen the boat parade!
Someone owes an apology to hundreds of people for a very frustrating fiasco.
Raymond L. Gehling