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Holiday boat parades set sail this weekend

Boats from across the bay area have been decked out for holiday parades. Catch them this weekend.

LANCE ARAM ROTHSTEIN | Times (2007)

Boats from across the bay area have been decked out for holiday parades. Catch them this weekend.

Friday

St. Pete Beach Holiday Boat Parade: The parade begins at 6 p.m. at the St. Pete Beach Yacht and Tennis Club, 94th Avenue and Blind Pass Road, then moves along the Intracoastal Waterway through Boca Ciega Bay, ending at Pass-a-Grille Way. In addition, there will be a holiday tree lighting, an appearance by Santa and music by the Boca Ciega Jazz Band at the community center. For details, call (727) 363-9245; stpetebeach.org.

Saturday

Boca Ciega Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade: The parade begins at 6 p.m. at the Gulfport Marina, passes in front of the Gulfport Pier, into Town Shores, then into the Broadwater canals. For more information and a detailed route, go online to sailbcyc.org or call (727) 321-7295. To participate in the parade, call (727) 572-1356 or e-mail david.tarbox@yahoo.com.

Madeira Beach Holiday Illuminated Festival of Lights Boat Parade: The parade begins at 6:30 p.m., with boats gathering just north of the Tom Stuart Causeway. The route travels around the City Hall complex, under the causeway and around the perimeter of the island, ending at John's Pass. For map and details, go to madeirabeachfl.gov or call (727) 391-9951, ext. 231. Rain date is Dec. 20.

Bruce Watters Jewelers Illuminated Boat Parade: Activities begin at 3 p.m. at Spa Beach, 615 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, with a chili cookoff, food and drink vendors and live entertainment before and after the parade until 10. The parade begins at 6:30, with best views from Spa Beach, the Pier and along the Vinoy Basin. Grandstand seating at Spa Beach is available for $10; proceeds benefit the Children's Dream Fund and Rotary charities. To enter your boat or get more information, call (727) 896-6661.

Channelside Boat Parade: The parade, with the Davis Island Yacht Club, starts at 6:30 p.m. at the tip of Davis Islands and proceeds north through Sparkman Channel, then west through Garrison Channel toward Channelside. A parade with the Tampa Yacht Club will follow the same route beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20. To enter, go to thetampariverwalk.com and click on the Elves Overboard banner.

Sunday

Treasure Island Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Celebration: The parade begins at 6:20 p.m., leaving the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club basin and passing through the Treasure Island toll bridge at about 7 and finishing at John's Pass between 8 and 8:30. The parade includes Paradise Island, Isle of Palms and the Isle of Capri. Suggested viewing areas include 115th Avenue on Isle of Palms, the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge, Kingfish Drive at John's Pass (Gator's Cafe & Saloon) and Blind Pass Bridge (between Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach).

To receive a pass to watch the parade from the yacht club and to attend the holiday party there, bring a new toy to the recreation department at City Hall, 120 108th Ave., or Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10351 Paradise Blvd., through Friday. Activities include music and free hot dogs, chowder, hot cider and cookies, plus a visit from Santa. Toys will go to the Christmas Toy Shop Project. For more information, call (727) 367-4511, ext. 236, or go to mytreasureisland.org. Rain date is Dec. 15.

Indian Shores and Redington Beaches Christmas Boat Parade: The parade begins at 5:45 p.m. on the north side of the Tom Stuart Causeway and heads north through the Intracoastal Waterway, arriving at the Pub restaurant in Indian Shores about 9. Suggested viewing areas are Del Bello Park, 17925 Gulf Blvd.; the Park Boulevard Boat Ramp, 18651 Gulf Blvd.; and Estelle Harper Park behind Indian Shores Town Hall, 19305 Gulf Blvd. For more information, call (727) 391-3875.

Holiday boat parades set sail this weekend 12/10/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 12, 2008 12:49pm]

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