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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 21st 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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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; hundreds 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. In addition, hundreds of thousands more watch online and on television.

  • 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 Boater 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, plus another $500 if they are a Boater Member with the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County. The Fan Favorite boat will also win $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. There will be an in-person and virtual option this year. 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.

Mandatory Captains Meeting for All Vessels in the Parade!

Palm Beach Boat Parade T-Shirts

Bridge Openings

Due to weather, winds, tides and currents we cannot predict the EXACT time bridges along the parade route will be opening and closing. Here are our best estimates based on past parades. Our permits allow for a one (1) hour opening.

Parker Bridge will open around 6:00 p.m.

PGA Bridge will open around 6:15 p.m.

Donald Ross Bridge will open around 7:00 p.m.

Indiantown Road Bridge will open sometime around 7:30 p.m.

Jupiter Federal Bridge Will open around 7:45 p.m.

COVID Information

Boats: MIAPBC will let all boating captains know of any current PBC ordinance that pertains to boating.

Parade Route: The community is encouraged to view the parade live via the WPBF Facebook page, the WPBF mobile app (iPhone or Android), or the WPBF website at Those who watch the parade in-person along the parade route are encouraged to socially distance and follow CDC guidelines.

Parade Map and Viewing Sites

The grand finale will take place at the Jupiter Lighthouse courtesy of Jetty's, Square Grouper, and U-Tiki. 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


This year's parade marks the 21st anniversary of the partnership between the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and the U.S. Marine Reserves Toys for Tots organization, plus more recently Little Smiles. The MIAPBC is proud to have collected tens of thousands of new, unwrapped gifts for local children in need.

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.

Drop Off Locations

Please select your city in the box below to see the drop off locations near you.

2020 Deck Your Boat Contest

Learn About Our 2020 Deck Your Boat Contest!

2019 Boat Parade Winners

48 The Cornelius
23 The Pursuit of Happiness
Under 25'
11 Teazer Too 1st
42 Suits Us Too 2nd
51 Robalo 3rd
32 The Liscomb 1st
15 Hey Julia 2nd
20 Gettin Fishy 3rd
OVER 35'
36 Honu 1st
39 Freedom Tender 2nd
26 Never Say Never 3rd
12 Dee Queen II 1st
3 Food Yacht 2nd
9 The Detail Dude 3rd

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