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Holiday Boat Parades

Madeira Beach

Begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday behind American Legion Post 273, 600 American Legion Drive, heads across Boca Ciega Bay, past Causeway Park and Madeira Beach City Hall, under John Stuart Bridge, south to John's Pass and then meanders throughout the Madeira Beach waterways, arriving at the Madeira Beach Municipal Marina at 9 p.m. Information: 391-9951.

St. Petersburg

Begins at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 8. Best viewing is from the Pier and the Vinoy Basin. Information: 821-6443.


Begins at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the entrance to Gulfport Marina. Hosted by the Boca Ciega Yacht Club, the parade is scheduled to enter the channel at Broadwater at 6 p.m.; pass in front of the Gulfport Pier at 6:30 p.m.; arrive at the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club at 7 p.m.; and return to the Boca Ciega Yacht Club at 8 p.m. For information, call 321-7295.

St. Pete Beach

Begins at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 9 at Merry Pier, Eighth Avenue and Pass-a-Grille Way, heads north along the Intracoastal Waterway, as far as 95th Street if weather permits, and returns via South Pasadena. Information: 363-9245.

Treasure Island

Celebration begins at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club and will include a live band, food and a visit from Santa. The parade leaves the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club basin at 6:20 p.m., passes through the Treasure Island toll bridge at 7 p.m. and ends at John's Pass between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Christmas Toy Workshop to the recreation department at Treasure Island City Hall or Treasure Bay Tennis and Golf on Paradise Boulevard before Dec. 8 to receive a family pass to attend the holiday party and to get a good view of the parade. Rain date is Monday Dec. 11. Information: 367-4511, ext. 23, or 547-4575.

Tierra Verde

Leaves at sundown Dec. 13 from Pass-a-Grille Harbor. Best viewing is from the Tierra Verde bridge or the vacant lot next to Billy's Stone Crab. Information: 866-2115 or 542-3900.

Indian Rocks Beach

Begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 south of the Holiday Inn Harbourside, 401 Second St., and heads north under Indian Rocks Bridge and finishes north of the Harbor Drive N inlet. Information: 595-6889.

Indian Shores and Redington Beaches

Leaves at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 17 from Madeira Beach Marina and heads north to Indian Shores, ending at The Pub restaurant. Information: 397-5538.