This Pacific Northwest port has a passion for the water, and every December, the city's large boating community casts off to share its take on the season. With decorations such as angels,
Christmas trees, and skiing Santas picked out in lights on their bows, some 60 powerboats and sailboats cruise the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Thousands of people stroll Portland's riverfront and its waterfront park to enjoy the flotilla's offbeat displays, a 47-year-old tradition. "Portland has been a big part of our lives, and this is our Christmas present to the city," says volunteer skipper Neal Penland.
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