A Thank You to All of Our 2021 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 2021 "Merry and Bright" Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, December 4th, 2021!
Judging is based on three main factors: lights, enthusiasm, and themed decor. The theme this year is "Merry and Bright." There are thousands of dollars worth of prizes to be given away to the top three boats in each category! In addition to prizes, theBest of Parade 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 grand finale will take place at the Jupiter Lighthouse courtesy of Jetty's, Square Grouper, and U-Tiki. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy.
What: 27th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and 22nd 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 4th, 2021. Parade begins at 6 p.m. and arrives in Jupiter at approximately 8 p.m.
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2021 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; 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.
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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.
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 www.wpbf.com. 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. 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. If you choose to anchor in front of North Palm Beach Marina or North Palm Beach Country Club, law enforcement officers will ask you to move.
Annual Toy Drive
22nd Annual TOY DRIVE BENEFITING TOYS FOR TOTS AND LITTLE SMILES
This year's parade marks the 22nd 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.
11,273 Donated Toys Last Year
Drop Off Locations
Please select your city in the box below to see the drop off locations near you.
2020 Boat Parade Winners
|BEST OF PARADE|
|Suits Us Too||11|
|Suits Us Too||11|
|1st||Too Much Fun||13|
|2nd||Miss B Haven||15|
|25' - 35'|
2020 Photo Albums
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