The 52nd Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament invites visitors and kamaaina to its Billfish Parade this Sunday, July 24, 2011, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The parade will begin at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel and wind its way through Kailua Village ending at Hualalai Road.
The HIBT parade will feature international teams including crowd favorites from Australia, Japan, Guam, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and for the first time a team from Peking University, China. Of course there are also great teams from US, including California, Hawaii and Louisiana. Also included in the parade lineup will be Miss Billfish 2011, Kona Shriners Color Guard, Grand Marshal Joe Reynolds and the Echo City Derby Dolls. In all, more than 25 parade entries will excite parade goers!
“We invite the entire community, young and old, to come and bring their families to this fun-filled parade. Teams are excited to be here in beautiful Kona, fishing 5 great days and look forward to the smiles that await them at the parade,” said HIBT Founder Peter Fithian. “The tournament also recognizes the long standing tradition of the Billfish Parade and really sees this parade as the official start of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament.”
The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is underwritten by the generosity of the County of Hawaii and sponsored in part by KWXX Radio and numerous corporate and community donors.
The 2011 HIBT fishing starts Monday, July 25 continues through Friday, July 29.
For more information on the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, including team listings, IGFA world-record rules and a daily video recap of tournament standings, log onto www.hibtfishing.com.
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