Call it a Christmastime pun, an ode to wintertime life on the harbor: "Deck the hulls with bows of jolly."

That's the theme for the 106th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, event officials said in a release Friday.

The local person who crafted the words, however, wants to remain anonymous, officials said. The winner will receive a free VIP excursion on one of the leading boats during the parade, whose roughly 100 participants take a nearly 15-mile route around Newport Harbor.

This year's parade runs nightly from Dec. 17 to 21. It's organized by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Last year's theme was "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree!" Other past themes include "A Holiday Beach Celebration" in 2003, "Holiday Magic through the Eyes of a Child" in 2006 and "The Joys of Christmas Toys" in 2009.

— Bradley Zint

Twitter: @bradleyzint