Organizers for the 27th Annual Christmas Boat Parade are counting down to one of Fort Myers Beach’s biggest nights of the year. The dazzling lighted parade will commence on December 5th at 6:00pm from Salty Sam’s Marina led by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce boat. Decorated boats will be judged and winners will be recognized at the Winners’ Circle Party at Salty Sam’s Marina immediately following the parade. VIP Judges will ride along in the parade and will choose and announce the winners of each category. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in their respective category.
Participants are asked to register boats by calling or visiting the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. Registration forms are also available at www.FMBBoatParade.com. All sizes and types of boats are eligible to enter. There is a $25 fee for boats and $50 fee for business-sponsored boats. Salty Sam’s Marina is offering free overnight dockage to all participating boats with advance registration based on availability. Boats will only be required to pay for electricity. Salty Sam’s Marina is located at 2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach, Florida. For advance reservations at Salty Sam’s Marina please call 239-463-7333.
“If you have a boat, I encourage you decorate it and join us in the parade”, says Ted Schindler, boat owner and boat parade committee member. “It is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and it’s the best party around!”
The vessels will assemble in front of the docks at Salty Sam’s Marina at 5:30pm. At 6pm the boats will leave Salty Sam’s Marina going past Parrot Key Caribbean Grill and Bootleggers Waterfront Barbeque heading northwest passing by Doc Ford’s, Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café and under the Matanzas Pass Bridge. They will travel in and out of Siesta Isles and go around Bowditch Point, turning in front of the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina. The boats will then travel past Nervous Nellie’s and Matanzas on the Bay on the return. The parade will end at Salty Sam’s Marina for the Winners Circle Party and awards presentation. Other viewing areas include the fishing piers under Matanzas Pass Bridge, and Baywalk Fountain Square. The Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise and Sight Sea-R are offering special evening cruises during the parade, giving passengers a bird’s eye view of the parade while cruising along the moonlit Intracoastal Waterway.
For more information please contact the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce at 239.454.7500 or visit www.fortmyersbeachchamber.org.