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Palm Beach prepares for 20th Annual Holiday Boat Parade

November 05, 2014

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Once again, boaters in Palm Beach County are celebrating the holidays by decorating their vessels to participate in the 2014 Holiday Boat Parade, now in its 20th year. On Saturday, December 6, the boat parade will begin around 6:00 pm in North Palm Beach and sail up the Intracoastal Waterway, ending at the Jupiter Lighthouse about 8:00 pm. A traveling fireworks display will lead the parade and dozens of boats adorned with sparkling lights and brightly colored holiday decorations will follow. The boats are often decorated with lighted palm trees, oversized gingerbread figures, colorful holiday gifts, and Santa and his reindeer. But there is always a surprise or two, as well, so be sure to get a good seat. Juno Park, Bert Winters Park, Sawfish Bay Park and Riverwalk Events Park are among the best public places to watch the festivities. As always, the boat parade will benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” organization. Each year, more than 10,000 toys are collected, more than any other event in the Palm Beaches. If you wish to donate an unwrapped toy, just use your flashlight to signal any boat in the parade that has a blinking amber light. A marine will be on board and happily accept your donation.


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