Clearwater Beach Florida – Living in Clearwater one of our favorite things to do in December is to enjoy the beautiful Holiday Boat Parades held in the various Tampa beach towns. Unfortunately Dunedin’s and St Pete Beach boat parades were cancelled last weekend because of windy weather and currently there is no make up date.
For us, the Clearwater Beach – Island Estates Memorial Parade is one of our favorites and will be hosting their boat parade this weekend. You can see various lighted boat parades as far north as Tarpon Springs Florida down to Tierra Verde (southern Pinellas County) tonight. We’re so lucky to have so many great options. If you go, let me know what you think!
Here’s a list of the local parades we found going on the next two weekends (weather permitting).
Tierra Verde Florida (December 9th) is holding their boat parade tonight (Wednesday, December 9th) so if you have have time head down tonight and check it out.
Island Estates – Clearwater Beach Florida (December 12th) – One of the most popular in the area, this year’s parade on December 12th, 2009 and marks the 35th year that this parade. The boat parade is sponsored by the Island Estates Yacht Club. Boats. All boats will assemble at 6 pm in Mandalay Channel, between Island Estates and Clearwater Beach. They will proceed through Island Estates’ canals, arriving downtown at Coachman Park at 8 pm, then they will sail under Memorial Causeway Bridge, down the Clearwater Marina Channel and winds up finishing at the Clearwater Yacht Club on the southern end of Clearwater Beach.
Tarpon Springs Florida (December 12th)- I couldn’t find the details but I know it’s being held this Saturday night as well and runs along the sponge docks. My friends the Mason’s love watching from their backyard every year. So if you’re in that area be sure to check it out.
St Petersburg Florida (Downtown) (Saturday, December 12th) – The will be hosting a lighted boat parade this Saturday as well.
Treasure Island Florida – (Sunday, December 13) They are holding their Christmas Boat Parade this Sunday and it will begin at 6:20 p.m. at the Treasure Island Tennis & Yacht Club, 400 Treasure Island Causeway.
NEW!! Tarpon Springs FL – Lake Tarpon (Saturday, December 19th)This year is the first year for a lighted Christmas Boat Parade and will be held next weekend on Lake Tarpon. The parade begins at the Tarpon Turtle at 7PM (earlier than last year). See TarponTurtle.com for their location.
Madeira Beach Florida ( Saturday, December 19th) Will actually have 2 lighted boat parades. Their Festival of Lights boat parades will hold the first for smaller boats. It starts at John’s Pass at 6:15 p.m., heading north through all channels and ending at the Tom Stuart Causeway. The 2nd boat parade, for larger boats, begins at Tom Stuart Causeway at 6:30 p.m. and ends at John’s Pass. Both of these parades are expected to end at about 8:30 p.m. in addition, Santa will visit John’s Pass Village about 7 p.m.
Indian Rocks Beach Florida (Saturday December 19th) has their boat parade beginning at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Harbourside and proceeding north under the Walsingham Bridge. We actually have taken video of this boat parade in the past – and Jimmy Iguanas is a great place to see the parade from but get there early!! You can check it out
Redingtons and Indian Shores Florida (Sunday, December 20th) will hold the last boat parade of the season is longer than most and will begin at about 6 p.m. These festive boats will start at the Welch Causeway Bridge in Madeira Beach Florida, and then the boats will head north among the intercoastal waterways in Redington Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Shores and Indian Shores. The parade is expected to end about 10 p.m.
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