Lighted Boat Parade on the Choptank

Boats lighted purple will parade in the Choptank on Saturday at dusk to raise awareness of opioid abuse.

Boats lighted purple will parade in the Choptank on Saturday at dusk to raise awareness of opioid abuse.

CAMBRIDGE — As many are aware Dorchester County went purple during September to bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse and to encourage positive decision making to navigate life’s challenges.

The Dorchester Goes Purple’s campaign “Awareness Starts at Home” reminds us that home is the heart of our community, and that the community where we live, work, and where we play is home to us all. To join in support of this initiative members of our community are encouraged during the month of September to take their homes, their businesses, their churches, and their schools purple with lights, banners, flowers — anything purple goes!

Of course, to many of us in Dorchester County one of the places we call home is on the water, and on Sept. 28 at dusk Dorchester Goes Purple will host a Purple Lighted Boat Parade on the Choptank River. To participate in the parade boaters are asked to pre-register by going to You will be contacted with further details about the event.

Everyone with a boat, a dock, a home or a business on the waterfront is encouraged to light up with purple that night and every night in September as part of this initiative.

If you are not going to be in a boat in the parade please plan to come watch. You will be able to see the boats from many different spots including the Hyatt, the Fishing Pier (old Choptank River Bridge), the Amphitheater by the visitor center (where the new Star Wars movie will be shown right after the parade), the new promenade by Governors Hall, Long Wharf and just about any where on the waterfont on the creek.

If you have any questions please reach out to the Chamber at 410-228-3575 or via email. For more information about Dorchester Goes Purple you can visit

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