About the Martin County Christmas Boat Parade

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.

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.

Important Dates

Captain’s Meeting:
Date: Thursday, December 14, 2023
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Meridian Marina, 1400 SW Chapman Way Suite 1, Palm City, FL 34990

Date: Saturday, December 16, 2023
Time: Staging begins at 6 p.m. and Parade begins at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Staging begins in the St. Lucie River Channel, east of the Roosevelt Bridge. Boats will follow the St. Lucie River Channel eastward and make the turn south through the Evans Crary Bridge and then navigate through Hell's Gate. The route passes by Sandsprit Park and ends in the Manatee Pocket at Fysh Bar & Grill.

After Party:
Date: Saturday, December 16, 2023
Time: 8 p.m. (approximately)
Location: Fysh Bar & Grill, 4290 SE Salerno Rd, Stuart, FL 34997

Christmas Parade Route

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Freedom Boat Club
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