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.
Decorating in sailboat.
Lights ready for tonight’s parade.
No gloves or mittens required!
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!