Christmas season means boat parades, which are plentiful in our area. All of the parades are visible by land, and all are free.
Tonight: Marine Max Lighted Boat Parade, St. Petersburg Pier, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Boats travel a 7.5-mile route along the downtown waterfront. (727) 821-6443.
Saturday: Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade, 6-8 p.m. Canoes, kayaks and motorboats cruise from Lowry Park past the Sulphur Springs Tower. (813) 237-8497.
-St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena lighted boat parade, 5:45 p.m. Begins at Merry Pier on 8th Avenue and heads north, then returns. (727) 367-2735.
-Tarpon Springs Lighted Boat Parade, dusk, Craig Park. Anclote River to Spring Bayou. Includes an outdoor movie. (727) 942-5628.
-Homosassa River Christmas Boat Parade, 6 p.m. Route starts at Marker 7 of the Homosassa River.
Sunday: Treasure Island Boat Parade, Treasure Island Tennis & Yacht Club, boats depart at 6:20 p.m. and float through Treasure Island Causeway and John's Pass. (727) 367-4511, ext. 23.
Wednesday: Tierra Verde Lighted Boat Parade, 6 p.m. Parade snakes through Pass-A-Grille Channel. (727) 542-3900.
Dec. 16: Indian Rocks Beach Boat Parade, 7 p.m. (727) 595-6889.
-Inverness Holiday Boat Parade, Lake Henderson-Wallace Brooks Park, 6 p.m. (352) 726-3913.
Dec. 17: Indian Shores (together with North Redington Beach, Redington Beach and Redington Shores) boat parade, 6 p.m. (727) 595-4020.
Redfish Series makes stop in Clearwater
The Forrest L. Wood Redfish Series announced its 2007 schedule, and the Eastern Division begins Feb. 22 in Clearwater. The three other stops in the series are: Titusville (March 22), Englewood (April 26) and Fernandina Beach (May 31). The series championship is Oct. 18-20 in Orange Beach, Ala. Qualifying teams fish for $50,000 first prizes at the qualifying tournaments and $100,000 at the championship. For information, visit www.flwoutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.
Snook season closes statewide Dec. 15-Jan. 31. The season opens again Feb. 1 and runs to April 30 in gulf waters. Until the winter season closes, it is legal to keep one snook per person, per day between 27 and 34 inches.