Dec 07 - Dec 07, 2019

25th Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade Hosted by MIAPBC Raising Excitement, Bringing Toys to Families


(NORTH PALM BEACH, FL) On December 7 in Palm Beach, the 25th Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade (PBHBP) will bring thousands of people, dozens of holiday-decorated boats, and over 10,000 toys together. The parade, led by a Zambelli Fireworks display, will travel up the Intercoastal Waterway, beginning in North Palm Beach and ending at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.

 The parade will also feature the 20th Annual On The Water Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots and Little Smiles. Last year, the toy drive became the largest toy collection event for Toys for Tots in the country, bringing in over 11,000 toys for families in need.  

 Parade host Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) has asked members of the organization, the event committee and event volunteers to share their memories and stories with the community in celebration of the 25th parade. The very first PBHBP was called “Boat Parade of the Palm Beaches.” There were two parades hosted on back-to-back weeks. The first parade traveled through downtown West Palm Beach, with the second starting off of Peanut Island North. The event quickly became a favorite in North Palm Beach, where it has become an established holiday celebration.

“Boat parades have been a tradition in Palm Beach County for decades,” says Amy Tolderlund of Merritt Supply, who first got involved in the event when it was the West Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade. “It’s a free family event for the holidays, a great opportunity to support boating as a family activity and also, a huge benefit to the USMC Toys for Tots organization.”

Now in its 20th year, the On The Water Toy Drive was first recommended by a parade board member who learned that Toys for Tots had a shortage in gifts received that year. The PBHBP Toy Drive became one of the first on-the-water toy drives in the country, and is continually the largest gift-giving event for Toys for Tots in the US.

New MIAPBC Executive Director Alyssa Freeman got her first taste of the PBHBP shortly after beginning her work with the organization in 2008. “This event quickly became my favorite event that MIAPBC produces,” says Freeman. “This event has evolved tremendously since its inception, from the route, to planning committee, to benefiting charities, to judging, and more,” she continues. Even with the changes and growth over the 25-year history of the event, Alyssa says that she loves that the event still has a “local, family feel.”

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade Committee member Caroline Mantel recommends to get involved early. “If you haven't made this part of your December traditions, this year is the year to start,” says Caroline. “For sponsors and partners -- your money will go further this year than ever before with earlier advertising, television appearances, bigger celebrity involvement, and more.”   

The event is seeking additional sponsors, who will be recognized during the event, which reaches tens of thousands of people in Palm Beach County through in-person and online events, activities, and promotion. “I would encourage local businesses to be involved not only for the advertising opportunity but also because of the incredible impact they will have on many children’s lives by donating and volunteering,” says Committee Member Kalin Simione of Sea Tow Palm Beach.

Executive Director Freeman encourages attendees and potential sponsors to get involved in the event. “If you have not seen this event in person or sponsored the event, what are you waiting for?” asks Freeman. “I promise, you will not regret it!”  

Get involved in the 25th Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade hosted by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County by emailing or calling (561) 863-0012 for additional information or to reserve your spot as a sponsor.

About Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County:
The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC) is a not-for-profit organization created to promote and protect the sound growth of the marine industry in Palm Beach County for the benefit and education of its members, the community, and the environment.

Media Contact: Nicole Squartino NS Creative Marketing (954) 275-6948
Marine Industries Association Contact: Alyssa Freeman, (561) 863-0012 or

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