Weather postpones Treasure Island boat parade, cancels Jingle Bell Run

The weather forecast for Friday is nasty, so the boat parade is moving to Sunday and the fun run is off.
LARA CERRI | Times (2011) 
Boats leave from the Treasure Island Yacht Club for the Treasure Island Boat Parade.
LARA CERRI | Times (2011) Boats leave from the Treasure Island Yacht Club for the Treasure Island Boat Parade.
Published December 13 2018
Updated December 13 2018

Put away your water wings, Rudolph, Treasure Island is putting off its boat parade until Sunday because nasty weather is expected on Friday. And the Jingle Bell Run is canceled this year.

The 33rd annual Treasure Island Holiday Lighted Boat Parade was supposed to ship out on Friday, but the weather forecasts prompted organizers to announced it has been rescheduled it for Sunday, starting at 6:20 p.m.

The Jingle Bell Run, a benefit for the Boley Centers, a nonprofit that serves people with mental disabilities, brings people in costume to run through downtown St. Petersburg every year. Organizers said the city’s holiday calendar is so packed, there is not an option to reschedule.

Treasure Island’s is one of the larger boat parades in the area, calling itself “Las Vegas on the water” for its dazzlingly decorated boats of all kinds in a friendly competition for top prizes.

The best viewing areas are 115th Avenue on Isle of Palms Treasure Island Causeway Bridge, Kingfish Drive at John’s Pass and the Blind Pass Bridge between Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach.

The Treasure Island Causeway Bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 7 p.m. on Sunday for 30 to 45 minutes to allow the boat parade to pass through.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKn.

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