The 13th annual Palm Coast Yacht Club Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. with the traditional festival of lights on the water to mark the beginning of the winter holidays (assuming you didn’t start your celebration immediately after Labor Day).
All area boat owners are invited to decorate their boats and register with the club to join the parade. The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 6.
Grand Marshals for this year’s parade, a bi-partisan combination, will be Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre and Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts. The Florida Inland Navigational District, on whose board Netts sits, is a contributing sponsor. The parade will be accompanied by boats from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and Tow Boat U.S., among whose ranks Netts has worked for years, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission which, assuming it’s not harpooning bears, will be lending support to the effort.
Registered boats gather in Cimmaron Basin at 6 p.m. and head east to the Intracoastal Waterway, where the parade turns south, passing Tidelands, Canopy Walk, St. Joe Walkway, Waterfront Park and Island Estates, before turning at the Grand Haven Gazebo and back to Clubhouse Waterway.