This evening, starting at 6:00 pm, boats decked out with dazzling lights, holiday décor, and costumed captains will take to the water to compete in our modest, yet wildly popular boat parade. South Floridians are known for having fun in the water, so it’s no surprise that this is an event that many locals look forward to all year. The Special Events line has been ringing off the hook with questions about the boat parade. So if you’re an area resident looking to attend tonight’s Holiday Boat Parade, here is a list of everything you need to know.
When and Where
The boat parade will take place on Friday, December 9, 2016, at 6:00 pm. The parade will light up the Intracoastal waterways between the Lantana Bridge, near Old Key Lime House, and the C-15 Canal in Delray Beach, which is just south of Linton Boulevard.
Please keep in mind that because many visitors will be traveling to the various viewing locations on the Intracoastal, there will be a significant amount of pedestrian and vehicular traffic throughout Boynton Beach and Delray Beach. Please allow for additional time when traveling through the eastern areas of each city, specifically the Federal Highway corridor and A1A.
The boat parade will travel directly underneath several area bridges. To ensure safety the bridges outlined below will be held in the upright position while the boat parade is passing each area. It is very difficult to provide an exact time that the bridges will be unavailable for crossing. The times listed below are merely estimates based on data collected in previous years.
- Ocean Avenue – 6:30
- Woolbright Road – 6:45
- George Bush – 7:15
- Atlantic Avenue – 7:30
- Linton Boulevard – 7:45
There are plenty of great viewing areas available along the parade route, such as waterfront restaurants, parks, and marinas. Our top picks include:
The Boynton Harbor Marina – 735 Casa Loma Blvd.
The Boynton Beach CRA will host the official watch party for this year’s boat parade at the marina. This free event runs from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm and will feature live music from the award-winning jazz duo Davis and Dow, children’s activities, a special visit from Santa, and food and beverages available for purchase from Two Georges Restaurant. Guests are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Parking at the marina is limited. Free parking is available in the vacant lot located on the east side of Federal Highway between Boynton Beach Boulevard and Ocean Avenue.
Boynton Beach Parks
- Intracoastal Park – 2240 N. Federal Hwy
- Jaycee Park – 2600 S. Federal Hwy
- Mangrove Park – 700 NE 4th Ave
Delray Beach Parks
- Veterans Park – 802 NE 1st St.
- Knowles Park – 1001 S Federal Hwy
Toys for Tots
The Boynton Beach CRA is partnering with Marine Industries and Sea Tow to collect new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. This is a wonderful opportunity to help a local child receive a gift during the holiday season. There will be a boat traveling with the parade that will stop at individual docks along the parade route to collect toys. Simply wave a flashlight and the boat will come directly to you for pick up. There will also be Toys for Tots donation boxes at the Boynton Beach CRA office, The Boynton Harbor Marina, and the Intracoastal Park.
For more information about the parade, email CoppinM@bbfl.us or call (561) 600-9097.