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2017 Holiday Boat Parade Calendar

Florida Rambler’s 2017 Holiday Boat Parade Calendar

jacksonville boat paradeFlorida’s waterways come alive at Christmas, the convergence of imaginations gone wild.

Almost every waterfront community in Florida has some form of boat parade during the holidays.

You can see colorful illuminated vessels cruise Florida’s waterways almost any night, but they gather on selected weekends into flotillas of overindulgence.

This calendar offers a comprehensive listing of organized boat parades around the state.

Hot tips for watching holiday boat parades

winterfest boat parade in fort lauderdaleIf you are going to watch a boat parade, be aware that drawbridges rise for hours at a time to allow boats to pass. If you are heading out to a barrier island, you need a plan.

Waterfront restaurants and parks are great places to view the parade, so make those reservations early unless you are lucky enough to be invited to a house party.

Party boats participating in parades are sometimes open to the public. Money raised through these parties is used to help pay for the event or donated to charity. Other party boats may be sponsored by restaurants and other organizations.

Click on the links below for more information about specific parades.

Boat parades start at dusk, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., depending on the parade. See local newspapers for parade-related bridge closings.

The 2017 Calendar

Boat parades change dates from year to year. The links on titles go to web sites or Facebook pages of parade hosts, where you can find more information.

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Friday, December 15, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Saturday, December 30, 2017

 

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