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Beach burgs plan land, boat parades

ST. PETE BEACH — This city's boat parade and the tree lighting ceremony were a wash, as poor weather forced the cancellation of both on Saturday.

Neither will be rescheduled, but the traditional land parade is still planned for this Saturday at 9 a.m.

About 25 floats and cars decorated by local businesses and civic groups will travel a mile along Gulf Boulevard from about 70th Avenue to Corey Avenue.

After the parade, Santa will appear at the Beach Theatre at 315 Corey Ave.

He will visit the city again on Dec. 22 for a special Breakfast with Santa at the Community Center, at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Breakfast will be donated by Chick-fil-A.

Other beach towns are planning holiday events and boat parades this month.

On Sunday, Treasure Island's Christmas Boat Parade will begin at 6:20 p.m. at the Treasure Island Tennis & Yacht Club, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. Earlier, at 4:30 p.m., the yacht club will host a holiday celebration.

Madeira Beach will hold two Festival of Lights boat parades on Dec. 19. The first is for smaller boats starting at John's Pass at 6:15 p.m., heading north through all channels and ending at the Tom Stuart Causeway.

The second boat parade, for larger vessels, starts at Tom Stuart Causeway at 6:30 p.m. and finishes at John's Pass. Both parades are expected to end at about 8:30 p.m. Santa will visit John's Pass Village about 7 p.m.

Indian Rocks Beach will also have a boat parade Dec. 19, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Harbourside and proceeding north under the Walsingham Bridge.

The final beach boat parade will be held Dec. 20. It is sponsored by the Redingtons and Indian Shores and starts at 6 p.m. Boats will sail from the Welch Causeway Bridge in Madeira Beach, and the lighted flotilla will wend its way north among navigable channels in Redington Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Shores and Indian Shores. The parade is expected to end about 10 p.m.

Beach burgs plan land, boat parades 12/08/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 5:20pm]
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