2011 Christmas Boat Parades in Florida (Gulf Coast)

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2011 Christmas Boat Parades in Florida (Gulf Coast)

Apollo Beach
Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade
December 10th 2011 6:30pm

Bonita Springs
Bonita Springs Boat Parade
December 10th, 2011
The Bonita Springs holiday boat parade is in the planning stages. The date has been set for December 10 2011 at approximately 4:00 p.m. Details with meeting locations and the captains dinner/sign up is to follow. Contact Adam Botana (239) 248-0955 for more information regarding sponsorships and Boat Parade sign up. The US 41 bridge in Bonita Springs, over the Imperial River is an excellent vantage point to see the parade. Parking is limited. Plan to park at neighboring plazas; Kmart, Fresh Market, Riverview Terrace Office Park and walk to the venue .Website

Bradenton Boat Parade
December 10th, 2011 6:30 Website

Boat Parade of Lights & Holiday on the Harbor
December 10th 2011 5:00pm
Join us for the Boat Parade of Lights and Holiday on the Harbor on Dec. 11th on the Carrabelle Riverfront! Put your boat in the parade and join in the fun! Holiday Celebration with Santa, food and Fireworks! VisitWebsite for more information or call 850-251-0445

Cape Coral/Fort Myers
35th Annual Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along
December 18th , 2011 4:00-9:00pm Website
The focal point of this event is a parade of approximately 100 boats decorated in a festive holiday fashion with lights, costumes, elves, and whatever else their captains can think of. At Four Freedoms Park, the landlubbers watch the boats gather in the Bimini Basin before they begin meandering through the canals of south Cape Coral. Along with providing an ideal seat to watch the illuminated vessels, the park features holiday music, a visit from Santa, food and beverages for sale. This is a unique celebration of Christmas Florida-style. Contact 239-573-3125 for further information.

Cedar Key
Boat Parade
December 17th at Dusk
Enter your boat in Cedar Key’s lighted waterway parade! It’s a great way to advertise your business and it helps our community have a successful event. Our parade kicks off Cedar Key’s Community night on Dec. 11. The route wraps around Dock Street and ends at City Park, where Santa Clam will visit with the kids and everyone enjoys a giant covered-dish party. To enter the parade, call Rose at 543-6346. For Community Night questions, email mary@cedarkey.org .

Cortez/Longboat Key/ Bradenton Beach
8th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 17th 2011 (Rain Date 18th)
All vessels meeting USGS safety requirements and decorated in appropriate holiday fashion are welcomed to join in for this fun and heartwarming event.
Prizes will be awarded to the Best Decorated Boats in several divisions: Grand Prize is $500.
This parade, organized by the Cortez Yacht Club, is for community enjoyment in conjunction with Manatee Toys for Tots and Christmas on Bridge Street festivities in Bradenton Beach.
Parade will begin on the north end of Longboat Key near Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant, and will proceed north along the Intracoastal Waterway to finish for judging at the Seafood Shack Marina.
Boats competing for prize money need to register with the Cortez Yacht Club by Thursday, December 15, 2011.
No entry fee is required but a gift donation of a new toy for the Toys for Tots collection effort is requested.
Please contact the Cortez Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade Chairman for registration:
Laura Ritter 941-780-3547 cortezyachtclub@verizon.net Website

25th Annual Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade
December 4th, 2011. 6:00pm
Festivities will be held that afternoon all along the Harbor and the Lighted Boat Parade and judging will start at 6 P.M. upstairs at Harry T’s Restaurant. Boats will start lining up in the Harbor between 5 and 5:30 PM. Fireworks in the East Pass will light up the sky after the parade. Mark your calendar and plan to add this event to your holiday activities. The parade can be viewed from docks and restaurants west of Grand Harbor Condominiums on Destin Harbor. All commercial, charter, and private boats are invited to help light up the Harbor with the true Destin spirit. You may pick up an entry form in person at the Museum, Destin Community Center, City Hall, Destin Chamber of Commerce, or many Harbor businesses. You may also request a fax or email copy by calling the Destin History and Fishing Museum at 850-837-6611 or email kathydestinhistory@gmail.com . Website

Holiday Boat Parade
December 3rd, 2011 6:00pm
Located at the Dunedin Marina

Fort Myers Beach
23rd Annual Christmas Boat Parade
December 3rd 2011 6:00pm
The vessels will assemble in front of the docks at Salty Sam’s Marina at 5:45 pm. At 6:10 the boats will begin to leave Salty Sam’s Marina going past Parrot Key Caribbean Grill and Big Game Waterfront Grill heading northwest rounding the corner in front of Doc Fords and under the sky bridge. The Parade will travel in and out of the first two channels in Siesta Bay. Then they’ll take the Matanzas Pass channel towards Bowditch Point turning in front of the Pink Shell Resort, passing Nervous Nellies, Matanzas Inn finishing at Salty Sam’s Marina for the Winners Circle Party at Big Game Waterfront Grill. If you would like to participate in the boat parade registration please contact the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce at 239.454.7500

Gulf Port
Boca Ciega Yacht Club’s Annual Light Prade
December 10th, 2011 6:00pm
This year the parade will begin by entering the Gulfport Municipal Marina at approximately 6:00pm. It will then travel past the William’s Pier in Gulfport and into the canals of Town Shores Condominiums. The final leg is to motor back east and enter the canal leading to the Broadwater community. Website

Indian Rocks Beach
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 17th 2011 7:00pm
For further information on this event, please contact Public Services Supervisor Randy Schwab, at 727/595-6889, Mon – Fri, from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m Website

Mount Dora
Lighted Boat Parade
December 3rd 2011
Please join us at the 51st Christmas Parade sponsored by the Mount Dora Lions club. Our theme this year will be: A Star Spangled Holiday For more information on this event please contact the Mount Dora Lions Club 352-735-9629 Website

2011 Marine Industries Christmas Boat Parade
December 10th 2011 6:00-8:00pm
Naples City Dock
Donations will be accepted by the Marine Industries Foundation. 100% of donations will be given to The Ricky King Fund which provides the unmet financial medical needs of local children. Make donation checks payable to The Ricky King Fund. Send check and parade entry form to MIACC Foundation, P.O. Box 9887, Naples, FL 34101. Website

The 3rd Annual Boggy Bayou Holiday Boat Parade
December 10, 2011 5:30
Celebrate the season on board your boat at the Boggy Bayou Holiday Boat Parade, hosted by North Light Yacht Club. Lights, music, props and more are all welcomed by the judges as they award the best floating holiday displays. The event has created a fabulous competition of lighted boat participants and numerous spectators line the shores of the Bayou to view this spectacular celebration Website

Panama City Beach
24th Annual Boat Parade of Lights
November 26th 2011 5:30pm
The annual Boat Parade of Lights comes to St. Andrews and Panama City. Thousands of spectators gather every year to celebrate Christmas with the beautiful site of lighted boats on the water.
Boats light up St. Andrews Bay starting at 5:30 PM off St. Andrew Bay Yacht Club. The boats pass by Panama City Marina (arriving about 5:40 PM), then travel to St. Andrews Marina (first boats arriving about 6:15 PM) where the parade ends. Free parking and viewing at both marinas. The theme for the 2010 parade is “A Team Spirit Christmas. Website


Grand Lagoon Christmas Parade
December 3rd, 2011
Parade departs Bay Point Marina and travels down Grand Lagoon past the Boatyard, Captain Andersons, Treasure Island and Pirates Cove then returns to 30 Degree Blue at Bay Point Marina to celebrate until….
Contact Steve Arndt at 850-628-1740 or steve@coastalmarinamgt.com to participate.

Lighted Boat Parade
December 11th 2011 6:00pm
Pensacola Beach Marina to Flounder’s. The sparkling spectacle of decorated vessels parading against a dark December sky delights those watching from the shore or a waterfront Beach business. Children are given light sticks to illuminate the Flounder’s landing site. Dozens of captains compete for prizes as the nautical parade delivers Santa Claus officially to the Island. Santa’s Workshop will host children of all ages to whisper into Santa’s ear. Free. (850) 932-1500 Website

Punta Gorda, Charlotte Harbor
22nd Annual Peace River Lighted Boat Parade
December 11th 2011 6:00pm
The festive display of lights and gorgeous reflections on the water make this annual event a definite must see! Viewings from land or on the harbor by chartered cruise or personal watercraft.
Admission: Free Tel: (941) 639-3720 Website

Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
December 10, 2011 6:00 pm
The 25th Annual Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday December 10, 2011 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park.
The Parade route has been expanded by an additional turn marker at the southwest side of Bayfront Park. All boats must now pass approximately one third of the Sarasota Bay side of Bayfront Park within a few yards, to be considered for judging. The Bayfront Park spectator viewing area has been expanded to include the entire Northern tip of island near the fountain.. The VIP viewing area has been moved to the Marina Jack’s fuel dock to allow additional space for spectators. This will improve spectator viewing from Bayfront Park considerably. The SNN 6 local news staff will be covering the event throughout the evening at several areas throughout Marina Jack. Website

St Lucie County
December 10, 2011 6:00 pm
Festival at South Causeway Park will begin at 4:00PM. There will be music, vendors, Santa and the Characters of the Feast of Santa Lucia.
Viewing stations – South Causeway Park, Public Beach, Harbor Cove, Mangrove Matties, Chuck’s Seafood, On the Edge, the Tiki, Cobb’s Landing or any waterfront restaurant in that area. Website

St Pete/South Pasadena
St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Friday December 9th 2011
Starts at 6:00pm. Begins in South Pasadena and travels south through Boca Ciega Bay towards Merry Pier in Pass-a-Grille.

St Petersburg
Illuminated Boat Parade
December 10th, 2011 7:00
The parade route travels from Bayboro, passing in front of the Pier, near the shore at Vinoy Basin and out into the Bay. Grandstand seating is available at Spa Beach for $10. P. Website or call 822-3277

Twinkle In Tampa Bay: A Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 4th and 23 2011, 6:30
Watch as festively decorated boats spread holiday cheer around Davis Islands, Harbour Island, and through the Garrison Channel.

Treasure Island
Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade
December 12th 2011 (Monday)
Treasure Island’s Holiday Boat Parade is like Las Vegas on the water – dazzlingly decorated boats of all kinds circle the city on one special night, Saturday, December 12, 2011, in friendly competition for top prizes awarded that evening at the Treasure Island Yacht & Tennis Club.
Residents with Treasure Island waterfront homes host humungous boat parade parties but if you haven’t received an invitation, not to worry – there are plenty of prime viewing spots on the island. Website
The Treasure Island Causeway Bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 7pm on December 12, 2011 for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to allow the boat parade to pass through.

Venice Christmas Boat Parade
December 3rd, 2011
Christmas in Venice…the lights, the palm tress, the waterways. Celebrate the holiday season by decorating your boat and joining in the fun! There is no better way to start the Christmas Season than by joining the fun and participating in the Venice Boat Parade of Lights. Website

Michael James
Michael James
Michael James has been with Murray Yacht Sales since 1995 and is in the the New Orleans office.

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