13 Down; 1 To Go


I’m sure some people would say we cheated, but our list of 14 things to do in 2014 is our list; so if we want to change one of the original goals, we can. And that’s just what we did.


On January 1st of this year when we sat down to prepare the list, we both included go to a Christmas boat parade as one thing we wanted to do this year, and up until about a month ago we fully planned to go to the boat parade in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano, or Jacksonville. But then we learned that a new Dale Chihuly exhibit would be opening this month at Fairchild Tropical Garden.


If we had that information on January 1st, our list would have been different. So instead of a boat parade, we attended the art in the garden kick-off. There’s just not enough time to get away another weekend this month for a boat parade so it will have to wait until 2015, but a weekend in Miami for art, shopping, bicycling, and eating at favorite restaurants completed the 13th adventure of the year.

And this Saturday, we’ll watch the annual Lake Weir boat parade so technically, we can check off the boat parade and enjoy the Art in Fairchild.

Holiday Parades – Florida Style

Growing up in South Florida the annual Christmas Parade didn’t roll down the local streets, it floated down the Intracoastal Waterway. A short walk from our house we watched the decorated boats usher in the winter holidays as the Pompano Beach Boat Parade made its way from Atlantic Boulevard to Deerfield Beach.

Since moving to Ocala we’ve attended boat parades in Homosassa Springs and St. Augustine, and while both were enjoyable, they really don’t compare with those in Pompano and Ft. Lauderdale.

Then last year the Lake Weir Yacht Club sponsored a boat parade on Lake Weir. A couple dozen illuminated boats participated in the Light Up Lake Weir Boat Parade. We joined in the fun by  decorating our sailboat and dock to create a festive viewing area. Unfortunately, rain chased us under the dock during last year’s parade.

Today we’ve strung lights on the dock and boat, we’ll build a fire on the beach, and cook out as we wait for the 2nd Annual Light Up Lake Weir boat parade. Next December it may be time to participate in the parade instead of sitting on the sidelines.

Looking for a holiday boat parade? Check these out!

December 8th, 2013

Bradenton Boat Parade

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (Key Colony Beach)

51st Annual Holiday Boat Parade (Pompano Beach)

December 13th, 2013

Boynton/Delray Holiday Boat Parade

December 14th, 2013

Bonita Spring Boat Parade

Manatee River Boat Parade

Captiva Lighted Boat Parade

St. John’s River Christmas Boat Parade (Deland)

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade (Ft. Lauderdale)

Key Largo Boat Parade

 47th Annual Festival of Lights Holiday Boat Parade (Madeira Beach)

2013 Marine Industries Christmas Boat Parade (Naples)

Winter Park Boat Parade

Pine Island Christmas Boat Parade

Holiday Regatta of Lights (St. Augustine)

2013 Rotary Club of St. Petersburg Illuminated Boat Parade (St. Petersburg)

December 15th, 2013

Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along

24th Annual Peace River Lighted Boat Parade (Punta Gorda)

December 21st, 2013

Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade

13th Annual Punta Gorda Boat Parade

Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade

I’d love to hear about your favorite holiday parade on water!