Get in the spirit of the season by watching the holiday boat parade Saturday night, December 16. Now in its fifth year, the parade which started with a handful of Stillwater Drive residents who wanted to celebrate the holidays together on the water, has now grown to 20 boats. Organizer Carolina Jones says the Parade honors the Miami Beach Police and Fire Departments. “We are lucky to have such close relationships with the first responders who look after our community and we love that we get to celebrate them,” she said. This year, the parade includes several police boats and three fire boats.
The Parade starts at 7pm at the NE corner of Stillwater Drive. “The route takes us around the western shoreline of North Beach and is approximately 2 1/2 hours long,” according to Jones. “We should be approaching Brittany Bay Park by 9:15pm. There are several pocket parks along the route where spectators can watch. We do recommend that people bring beach chairs and lanterns or other lights. Many of the parks are dark after sunset.”
“Unlike many ‘land-based’ parades that have confetti or fireworks, our special Finale consists of a Huge WaterWorks Show,” Jones adds. “The Fire Boats blare their sirens, shoot water 30 ft in the air while spinning a 360. It’s quite a show!”
For more information, visit the parade's website.
You can still register your boat last minute. Boats 15-50 feet are required to sign a waiver and be briefed on the safety requirements. Contact Jones directly if you wish to participate.
Photo: 2016 boat parade, courtesy Olga Vila