One of the cool things about Christmas in Tampa Bay is the annual holiday boat parades. This month is full of parades up and down the Gulf Coast and in Tampa Bay. A partial list of boat parades for this year's holiday season:
Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade
Begins at Marker 1 Marina at 6 p.m., proceeds south through the Intracoastal Waterway to I.C.W. Marker #1 (Union Street), turns around and heads back to Dunedin Marina by 7:30 p.m. Spectators may view the parade along Bayshore Boulevard and Edgewater Drive. There will also be a tree lighting ceremony at Edgewater Park.
Tierra Verde Lighted Boat Parade
Begins at 6 p.m. from Pass-a-Grille Channel, passes under the Tierra Verde bridge, 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 restaurant. To enter your decorated boat, register by Dec. 9 at Billy's. A $500 prize will be awarded. For information, call 458-8512.
St. Pete Beach Holiday Boat Parade and celebration
Begins at 6 p.m. 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 holiday tree lighting, boat parade viewing party, an appearance by Santa and holiday music by the Boca Ciega Jazz Band at the Community Center. For information, call 363-9245.
Boca Ciega Yacht Club Christmas Boat 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 map, go online 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
(Rain date Dec. 20). Begins at 6:30 p.m. 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 perimeter of the island and end at John's Pass. For a map of the route and more information check www.madeirabeachfl.gov or call 391-9951, extension 231.
St. Petersburg: Bruce Watters Jewelers Illuminated Boat Parade
Activities from 3 to 10 p.m., with activities at Spa Beach, 615 Second Ave. NE. Chili cook-off, food and beverage, live 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 information, call 896-6661.
Tampa: Channelside Boat Parade
Dec. 13 and 20. Each parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Starts at the tip of Davis Island and proceeds north through Sparkman Channel, then turns west through Garrison Channel toward Channelside.
Treasure Island: Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Celebration
(Rain date Dec. 15). Begins at 6:20 p.m. leaving the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club basin, passing through the Treasure Island toll bridge at 7 p.m. and finishing 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 through Dec. 12. Activities include holiday music and complimentary 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, extension 236.
Indian Shores and Redington beaches Christmas Boat Parade
Begins at 5:45 p.m. 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.
Compiled by Times staff