Christmas Boat Parades

The holidays are a time for giving back and the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast is proud to spread holiday cheer in the communities we serve through this time-honored tradition. With help from dozens of volunteers, local businesses, corporate sponsors and our members, the association organizes three parades (Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin County) on the Treasure Coast over the course of two weekends in December.


How It Works

Registration is free to all boaters who would like to participate. Captains (or a crew member) are required to attend the captain’s meeting prior to each of the parades where all participants will be briefed on boater safety, parade route and collect their boat numbers.

Boats are divided into three categories (Small, Medium and Large), with winners in each category receiving prizes based on scores determined by a panel of judges. The judges are well-qualified individuals. All are briefed and understand the challenge of decorating a vessel, and each brings an appreciation for design, imagination, and implementation of your ideas.

While each county’s parade route varies, boats are expected to form a line behind a lead patrol boat and operate at no wake speed throughout the duration of the event. Boats must also complete the parade route in order to be eligible for a prize.


St. Lucie County

Captain’s Meeting:
When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2023
Where: Fort Pierce Yacht Club, 700 Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Parade:
When: Saturday, December 9, 2023
Where: Staging begins in the Turning Basin, north of the Fort Pierce South Causeway Bridge

Awards:
When: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2023
Where: Fort Pierce Yacht Club, 700 Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Indian River County

Captain’s Meeting:
When: Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Where: Quail Valley River Club, 2345 Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963

Parade & Awards:
When: Saturday, December 16, 2023
Where: Staging begins in the Intracoastal Waterway Channel, north of the Merrill P. Barber Bridge

Martin County

Captain’s Meeting:
When: Thursday, December 14, 2023
Where: Meridian Marina, 1400 SW Chapman Way Suite 1, Palm City, FL 34990

Parade & Awards:
When: Saturday, December 16, 2023
Where: Staging begins in the St. Lucie River Channel, east of the Roosevelt Bridge

Boat Parade Registration

    Please select the parade you are participating in. (You can select more than one)