Boat Parade and Holiday Festival
St. Pete Beach- The St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena holiday lighted boat parade is scheduled for Friday, December 7 with a start time of 6 p.m. at the Blind Pass Bridge and heading south ending at the Bayway Bridge. Those interested in having their boat in the parade can contact the St. Pete Beach Recreation Department at 727-363-9245. There are cash prizes available and entry is free.
Also on December 7 is St. Pete Beach’s Holiday Festival and boat parade viewing party in Horan Park and Community Center at 6 p.m. Join them as they light up the city holiday tree, enjoy live music, crafts, visit from Santa, see the MADD festival of trees and more holiday fun for all ages. Boats can be seen from the event as they pass south towards the Bayway Bridge. For more information go to spbrec.com or call 727-363-9245.
BCYC Lighted Boat Parade
Boca Ciega Yacht Club, a not for profit organization of over 200 family memberships, is holding its 27th Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, December 8th. Members spend many hours planning and then decorating their boats in hopes of sharing the holiday spirit with the surrounding communities. Residents of Gulfport, South Pasadena, and St. Petersburg frequently contact the club for the date so holiday parties can be planned around the event.
The parade will begin by entering the Gulfport Municipal Marina at approximately 6 p.m. It will then travel past the William’s Pier in Gulfport and into the canals of Town Shores Condominiums and Pasadena Yacht Club Estates. Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club will be included on the route as well. The parade will cross the bay and pass by the club docks before returning to BCYC. For those non-members who do not wish to return to your home port, please feel free to use the club’s T-Docks so you can easily join them for the post parade celebration party.
There is an entry fee of two unwrapped toys or a donation can be made. Each year toys are collected for “Operation Santa,” and presented to Gulfport’s Police Department for distributing to needy children.
Sail and power boats are welcome to join in the fun. There is a sign up board posted at the club, 4600 Tifton Drive S., Gulfport. Entry forms will be available the night of the parade.
Donated prizes are awarded to the participants during the post parade party, always to a clubhouse filled with family and friends.
For information regarding participation or to sponsor this parade, please contact Barb Meyer at 727-430-7241 or visit sailbcyc.org. The BCYC family wishes you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year.