A premier event of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and gift to the community, the 2016 22nd Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season this year on Saturday, December 3!
The parade will begin at the north end of the Lake Worth Lagoon and proceed north on the Intracoastal Waterway to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Tens of thousands of spectators will come out to enjoy the procession of more than 50 decorated vessels sparkling on the Intracoastal Waterway beneath a backdrop of phenomenal traveling fireworks. There will be extended fireworks at North Palm Beach Marina, Jupiter’s Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk and Harbourside Place, plus a grand finale at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse courtesy of Square Grouper Tiki Bar, Jetty’s and U-Tiki. Popular viewing locations include: Juno Park, Bert Winters Park, Sawfish Bay Park, and Lighthouse Park.
This year we are excited to welcome local country singer/songwriter and American Idol finalist Emily Brooke as a grand marshal joining Mo and Sally from KOOL 105.5 on the Loggerhead Marina Grand Marshal Boat.
The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade benefits the U.S. Marine Reserves Toys for Tots Program. Last year, the MIAPBC collected thousands of toys for needy children in Palm Beach County making this event one of the top toy collecting events in Palm Beach County. Toy donations can be dropped off at dozens of local businesses (listed at palmbeachboatparade.com), or picked up dockside during the parade by a fleet of marked toy boat volunteers by waving a flashlight.
Boat entries will be accepted through November 30. Boat entry is free and open to boats of all sizes. Judging is based on three factors: lights, enthusiasm and overall effect. The top three boats in each size category, plus “Best of Parade,” win a total of more than $10,000 in cash and prizes.
This is a once a year event that you do not want to miss out on!!