By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Aug 18, 2017 at 12:56 PM

Watch some Brew City boats brighten up the night at the Milwaukee Venetian Boat Parade, as the event – sponsored by the McKinley Marina Boat Owners Association, the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, Milwaukee Yacht Club, MAST and Milwaukee County Parks – sets sail on Saturday, Aug. 19, for the first time in the McKinley Marina.

The fluorescent floating festivities, hosted at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, 1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., will open up at 5 p.m., with food and beverages available.

The beaming boats themselves will then take off beginning at 8:30 p.m. – complete with a lineup of celebrity judges (including our own Molly Snyder) determining which vibrant vessels, decorated with lights and more, will win Best in Show, Runner-Up and Most Entertaining for the night. The winners will receive a plaque sent to their homes, as well as their names etched into history on one of the three anchor trophies located inside the Marina's Overlook Pavilion.

Here's a map of the boat's expected route:

Better yet, spectators will be able to watch the event for free – while all the proceeds from boat registration and food and beverages will go toward the Milwaukee Water Commons School, Milwaukee Community Sailing Center and McKinley Marina Tenants Association. And in case it literally rains on this parade, the beautiful boats will head back out to the water on its rescheduled rain date on Sunday, Aug. 20.

For more information, visit the McKinley Boat Owners Association's website. Otherwise, sea captains and landlubbers unite as the Venetian Boat Parade illuminates the night.

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.