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Boat Parade

Rain Or Shine! Saturday, December 2, 2023


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 a gift to the community, the 29th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, December 2, 2023!

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 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.

What: 29th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and 24th 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 2th, 2023. Parade begins at 6 p.m. and arrives in Jupiter at approximately 8 p.m.



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.

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.



This year's parade marks the 23rd 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.

Toys for Tots
Donated Toys Last Year
Little Smiles

Drop Off Locations

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


2022 Fan Favorite Boat
Nauti Kitty
Nauti Kitty

2022 Boat Parade Winners

1stSuits Us Too
2ndTeazer Too
3rdMy Toy
25' - 35'
1stNailed It
2ndThe Flock
OVER 35'
1stMadame Blue
2ndTime Out
3rdCompass Point
1stKoala/Twisted Tuna
2ndBlue Heron II
3rdFood Yacht
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