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Rain Or Shine! Saturday, December 5, 2020
A Thank You to All of Our 2020 Sponsors!
Free to Enter $10,000+ in Cash and Prizes Benefiting Toys for Tots and Little Smiles
A premier event of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) and gift to the community, the 2020 Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, December 5th, 2020!
What: 26th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and 20th Annual Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots and Little Smiles.
Where: The parade, led by a Zambelli traveling fireworks display navigates up the Intracoastal Waterway from North Palm Beach to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.
When: Saturday, December 5, 2020. Parade begins at 6 p.m. and arrives in Jupiter at approximately 8 p.m.
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Boat Entry Application
The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade is the perfect opportunity to kick off the holiday season "Florida-style", and show support for your community. Dozens of spectacularly decorated vessels will light up the Intracoastal Waterway parade route from North Palm Beach to Jupiter. The parade is led by everyone's favorite-a traveling fireworks display illuminating the night sky. This the largest public holiday event in Palm Beach County for a reason; tens of thousands of residents and guests view the parade from their waterfront homes, restaurants, and numerous parks and public viewing areas along the parade route.
- There is no fee to enter your boat in the parade! We ask for a $40 deposit that will be used after the parade if your number boards (used for judging) are not returned back to us, otherwise you will get your deposit back. If you would like to take the opportunity to become a captain member check the box on the application that allows us to keep the $40 deposit as your application fee!
- Judging is based on three main factors: lights, enthusiasm, and themed decor. There are thousands of dollars worth of prizes to be given away to the top three boats in each category! In addition to prizes, the "best overall" boat will take home $500 cash!
- The categories for judging are: under 25', 25'-35', and over 35'. All corporate entries will still be judged separately as one group.
- All rules will be reviewed at the Captain's Meeting prior to the parade. Any questions you may have will also be answered at this time. At least one person from each boat entry must attend the Captain's Meeting. You are also invited to bring a guest. Please see the flyer above for more information.
Due to weather, winds, tides and currents we cannot predict the EXACT time bridges along the parade route will be going up and down. Here are our best estimates based on past parades.
Parker Bridge will open sometime around 6:00. Our permit allows for a 1 hour opening.
PGA Bridge will open sometime around 6:30. Our permit allows for a 1 hour opening.
Donald Ross Bridge will open sometime around 7:15. Our permit allows for a 1 hour opening.
Indiantown Road Bridge will open sometime around 8:00. Our permit allows for a 1 hour opening.
Jupiter Federal Bridge Will open sometime around 8:15. Our permit allows for a 1 hour opening.
Parade Map and Viewing Sites
Don't miss the family-friendly festivities and extended fireworks at Jupiter's Riverwalk and Harbourside Place for some of the BEST public viewing! The grand finale will take place at the Jupiter Lighthouse courtesy of Jetty's, Square Grouper, U-Tiki, and Pelican Club. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy.
Aside from private viewing parties with family and friends who live on the water, there are a variety of great waterfront locations along the parade route. These open-to-the-public viewing sites stretch from North Palm Beach to Jupiter and include:
We hope that if you have a boat you'll be part of the parade, but if for some reason you are not and still want to view the parade by boat, we suggest viewing from Ski Beach or anywhere else between Donald Ross Rd. and Indiantown Rd. where you won't be in the way of the parade.
Annual Toy Drive
20TH ANNUAL TOY DRIVE BENEFITING TOYS FOR TOTS AND LITTLE SMILES
This year's parade marks the 20th anniversary of the partnership between the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and the U.S. Marine Reserves Toys for Tots organization. The MIAPBC is proud to have collected tens of thousands of new, unwrapped gifts for local children in need.
In an effort to increase our overall reach to children and families in need this holiday season, we are proud to announce that we have joined forces for our land-base toy drive with Little Smiles, a local children's charity.Our water-based toy drive during the parade will continue to benefit our longtime partners, Toys for Tots.
A "toy fleet" of boats from Tow Boat, Sea Tow, and other volunteers traveling along the parade route will make convenient dockside pickups during the parade. Just wave a flashlight when you see a boat with a flashing amber beacon and/or Toys for Tots signage. The uniformed Marines and volunteers will pull right up to your dock to collect donations. Whether you are heading to a parade viewing party, or planning your own, don't forget to bring a new, unwrapped gift!
In the weeks before and after the parade there will be several Little Smiles boxes located at businesses throughout the community to help make toy donations more convenient. Please print and fill out the form below if you are interested in having a box at your business.
10,000 Donated Toys Last Year
Drop Off Locations
Please select your city in the box below to see the drop off locations near you.
Fan Favorite Contest
This year's parade will include a new social media contest where the public can vote for their favorite boat and the boat with the most likes will receive $500!
2019 Boat Parade Winners
|BEST OF PARADE|
|23||The Pursuit of Happiness|
|42||Suits Us Too||2nd|
|26||Never Say Never||3rd|
|12||Dee Queen II||1st|
|9||The Detail Dude||3rd|
2019 Photo Albums