Who says a parade has to be held on land? Every holiday season, communities throughout Pinellas County take advantage of their beachside settings and hold holiday boat parades. Sailboats and motorboats decorated with lights, trees, Santas, reindeer, candy canes, and anything else the owners can think of line up and cruise the waterfronts for the onlooking crowds.
If you'd like to see one of these uniquely Florida traditions, here are some of the best-known holiday boat parades in Pinellas County.
The city calls this parade "like Las Vegas on the water," and it's traditionally the largest holiday boat parade in Pinellas County. It launches Friday, December 15th at 6:20 p.m. from The Club at Treasure Island. It circles Paradise Island and passes by Yacht Club Estates, then goes under the Treasure Island Causeway and around Isle of Palms and Isle of Capri. The parade wraps up at John's Pass, near Gators Cafe and Saloon.
The Treasure Island Causeway bridge closes to vehicle traffic for about 45 minutes during the parade, making it a great place to watch the passing boats. Other prime viewing spots include Kingfish Drive near John's Pass, Blind Pass Bridge, and 115th Avenue on Isle of Palms.
These are the most popular Christmas parades in Pinellas County, but there are other holiday boat parades out there too. Wherever you decide to go, you're sure to enjoy a spectacle you just can't get anywhere near the North Pole. And be sure to check out the rest of our Christmas content on 727area. You can register and be notified about all of it!