Tierra Verde Lighted Boat Parade:Begins at 6 p.m. today from Pass-a-Grille Channel, passes under the Tierra Verde bridge, and heads south along the east side of Tierra Verde, then returns by the same route to Pass-a-Grille Channel. Best viewing is from the Tierra Verde bridge or the vacant lot next to Billy's Stone Crab.
St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena Holiday Boat Parade and celebration: Begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the St. Pete Beach Yacht and Tennis Club, 94th Avenue and Blind Pass Road, along the Intracoastal Waterway through Boca Ciega Bay and ends at Pass-a-Grille Way. Also, tree lighting, boat parade viewing party, an appearance by Santa and holiday music by the Boca Ciega Jazz Band at the Community Center.
Boca Ciega Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade: Begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Gulfport Marina, passes in front of the Gulfport Pier, into Town Shores, and into the Broadwater canals. For information and a map, check the Web at www.sailbcyc.org or call 321-7295. To participate in the parade, call 572-1356 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madeira Beach Holiday Illuminated Festival of Lights Boat Parade: Begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (rain date Dec. 20) The boats will gather just north of the Tom Stuart Causeway and travel parallel to the causeway, around the City Hall Complex then travel back under the causeway in the Intracoastal Waterway, around the island and end at John's Pass. For a map and more information, check www.madeirabeachfl.gov or call 391-9951, ext. 231.
St. Petersburg: Bruce Watters Jewelers Illuminated Boat Parade: Activities from 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday with activities at Spa Beach, 615 Second Ave. NE. Chili cook-off, food and beverage, entertainment before and after parade. Best viewing is from the Pier and along the Vinoy Basin. Grandstand seating at Spa Beach, $10. Proceeds benefit the Children's Dream Fund and Rotary Charities. To enter your decorated boat, or for info, call 896-6661.
Treasure Island Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Celebration: Leaves the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club basin at 6:20 p.m. Sunday (rain date Monday), then passes through the Treasure Island toll bridge at 7 p.m. and finishes at John's Pass between 8 and 8:30 p.m. The parade includes the islands of Paradise, Palms and Capri. To receive a pass to watch the parade from Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club and to attend the holiday party, bring a new toy to the Recreation Department at City Hall or Treasure Bay on Paradise Boulevard by Friday. Activities include holiday music and hot dogs, chowder, hot cider and cookies served poolside, plus Santa will make an appearance. Toys will be donated to the Christmas Toy Shop Project Inc. Call 367-4511, ext. 236.
Indian Shores and Redington Beaches Christmas Boat Parade: Begins at 5:45 p.m. Sunday on the north side of Tom Stuart Causeway and heads north through the Intracoastal Waterway, arriving at the Pub restaurant in Indian Shores about 9 p.m. Public viewing areas are Del Bello Park, 17925 Gulf Blvd.; the Pinellas County Boat Launch at Park Boulevard; and the Estelle Harper Park behind Indian Shores Town Hall, 19305 Gulf Blvd. Call 391-3875.