The Lighted Boat Parades on the Beaches

With lots of waterways, there are lots of lighted boat parades to see this year.

There are some big parades held across the county in honor of the holidays. The beaches put their own unique spin on the holiday parade by having them on the water.

These are three bigger lighted boat parades happening between Pass-A-Grille and Sand Key. 

St Pete Beach Lighted Boat Parade: St. Pete Beach's parade will be going on Friday, December 7, at 6 p.m. starting at the Blind Pass Bridge and ending at the Bayway Bridge. There will be a watch party at Horan Park with live music, crafts and a visit from Santa.

For information on how to enter a boat, contact the St Pete Beach Recreation Department at (727) 363-9245. There are cash prizes available and entry is free.

Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Boat Parade: The Indian Rocks Beach parade starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 15, at the Holiday Inn Harbourside and ends off Harbor Drive North.

For information on the parade or to sign up to participate, call Randy Schwab at (727) 595-6889, Monday thru Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade: The Treasure Island parade in December 8 and starts at 6:20 p.m. at The Club at Treasure Island and finishes at John's Pass around 8:15 p.m. 

For more information or to register a boat, contact Dockmaster Les Lathrop at (727) 367-4121.

Madeira Beach "Festival of Lights" Boat Parade: The Madeira Beach parade is on Friday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. starting in Boca Ciega Bay and moves towards John's Pass during the parade. 

For more information, contact the marina at (727) 399-2631.

Redington Beach/Indian Shores annual lighted boat parade: The combined Redington Beach and Indian Shores parade is Sunday, December 23, starting at 6 p.m. from Tom Stuart Causeway and following the intracoastal to finish at The Pub in Indian Shores.

Call Redington Shores Town Hall at (727) 397-5538 for more information. There is no entry fee for participating in the parade.

Which parades are you planning on seeing? Let us know in the comments.

Leigh Armstrong November 27, 2012 at 04:06 PM
There are a lot of boat parades. If you know of any more that you'd like information on, let me know in the comments and I'll update the story with the pertinent info.
virginia morel November 27, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Will be watching the boats from our dock in Redington Beach :) We love this parade Merry Christmas to all!! Sincerely, Virginia
Robert Forsythe November 29, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Is this how the Merry Pier got its Name? Merry Christmas
CJ December 02, 2012 at 03:12 PM
There is also one Dec 8 in the Vinoy Park area. It benefits the Children's Dream Fund, and is sponsored by Bruce Watters Jeweler's. There will be other entertainment, food, beverages, etc. The event is 3-10 pm, and the boat parade starts at 6 pm.
CAPTAIN PAUL WARREN December 07, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Yes, Virgina. There IS a "Santa Claus!"


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