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Boat Parades. Boat Parades. Boat Parades.

Climb aboard the SS Boat Parade - they are fun. Check out all the lighted boat parades from Tarpon Springs to Gulfport ~ Keith Connors

My tips:

1. Dress warm. Usually a little bit cooler on or near the water.

2. Get there early & yes bring a chair.

3. Be patient. Lots of moving parts organizing and most do not start on time. Haaa. It IS worth it.

From the TBT

Boat Parades: There are five, count ‘em five lighted boat parades this weekend, starting Friday with the St. Pete Beach Boat Parade (7701 Boca Ciega Drive); South Pasadena Boat Parade and Party, also on Friday (1600 Pasadena Ave.); the Tarpon Springs Boat Parade Craig Park and Bayou, also on Friday. Saturday, its Boca Ciega Yacht Club’s Gulfport Christmas Boat Parade along Gulfport’s waterfront, and the Island Estates Yacht Club Holiday Boat Parade in Clearwater under the Memorial Causeway to Coachman Park.

FRIDAY 12-7-18

St. Pete Beach Boat Parade: The boat parade viewing party takes place in the park with music, hot chocolate, children’s art projects and a visit from Santa. 6 p.m. St. Pete Beach Community Center and Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. Free. (727) 363-9245.

South Pasadena Boat Parade and Party: Join the City Commission for refreshments, music, visits with Santa and a boat parade. 6:15 p.m. Barbara Gilberg Habitat Park, 1600 Pasadena Ave., South Pasadena. Free. (727) 384-0701.

Tarpon Springs Boat Parade: Vessels will proceed down the Anclote River and into the bayous where Santa will give out treats. Your best bet for viewing these holiday decorated vessels is from Craig Park/Spring Bayou. The event is free and boats are expected to enter Spring Bayou around 8 p.m. 7-9 p.m. Craig Park and Bayou, St. Petersburg. Free. visitstpeteclearwater.com