The Greater Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Boat Parade will light up Fort Myers Beach on Dec. 3. The event is expected to feature 25 to 30 illuminated boats decorated with a dazzling array of animated Christmas scenes and filling the air with Christmas carols. This spectacular night time parade will be led by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Boat sponsored by Adventures in Paradise. The festive boats will navigate the intracoastal on a two-hour journey as thousands of spectators gather at local waterfront restaurants, public areas and private homes to watch
the parade and celebrate the holiday season.
"For me, the Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade signifies the start of the Christmas season," said Dan Eaton, chairperson for the boat parade. "It is a fun and festive event that brings our community together. It is our Macy's Parade Fort Myers Beach Style!"
The vessels will assemble in front of the docks at Salty Sam's Marina at 5:45 p.m. At 6:10 the boats will begin to leave Salty Sam's Marina going past Parrot Key Caribbean Grill and Big Game Waterfront Grill heading northwest rounding the corner in front of Doc Fords and under the sky bridge. The Parade will travel in and out of the first two channels in Siesta Bay. Then they'll take the Matanzas Pass channel towards Bowditch Point turning in front of the Pink Shell Resort, passing Nervous Nellies, Matanzas Inn and finishing at Salty Sam's Marina for the Winners Circle Party at Big Game Waterfront Grill.
Salty Sam's Marina is offering free overnight dockage to all participating boats
with advance registration. Boats will be required to pay for electricity if needed.
Salty Sam's Marina is located at 2500 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach, Florida. For advance reservations please call 463-7333.
Awards will go to the first 3 places in the following categories: power-driven vessels up to 26 feet in length; power vessels 26 feet and over; and sailboats.
There is no cost to enter the parade and businesses are encouraged to sponsor a boat.
This year will also include our popular "People's Choice Award." Voting will take
place at participating local restaurants including Big Game Waterfront Grill, Parrot
Key Caribbean Grill. Other viewing areas include the fishing piers under Matanzas Pass, Baywalk Fountain Square and the Siesta Bay canals.
If you would like to participate in the boat parade registration please contact the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce at 454-7500. Registration forms are available on the Chamber Website at fortmyersbeachchamber.org or contact Nancy Eaton at the Chamber office for sponsor opportunities.