Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and Toy Drive coming December 1st
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(NORTH PALM BEACH, FL) -- The 24th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and 19th Annual “On the Water” Toy Drive will kick off this year’s holiday season on Saturday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. in North Palm Beach.
The parade, a premier event of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC),
will begin at the north end of the Lake Worth Lagoon and travel north on the Intracoastal Waterway to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Tens of thousands of spectators will come out to enjoy the festivities with dozens of decorated vessels sparkling on the Intracoastal Waterway beneath a backdrop of traveling fireworks. An extended firework display will take place at Harbourside Place with a grand finale at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Other popular viewing locations include Juno Park, Bert Winters Park, Sawfish Bay Park, and Lighthouse Park.
Organizers are excited to welcome back long-time grand marshals Mo and Sally from KOOL 105.5. Mo and Sally won’t be the only stars in attendance as Santa Claus will make a special appearance on the last boat of the evening.
The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade benefits the U.S. Marine Reserves Toys for Tots Program and Little Smiles of South Florida. In 2017, the MIAPBC collected nearly 10,000 toys for needy children in Palm Beach County, making this event one of the top toy collecting events in Palm Beach County. Toy donations can be made at dozens of local businesses (list available at palmbeachboatparade.com) or picked up dockside during the parade by marked toy boat volunteers.
The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade will award over $10,000 in cash and prizes to multiple winners, including standouts in each size category and a “Best of Parade” winner. This year’s parade will also include a new social media contest where attendees have the opportunity to vote for their favorite vessel. The vessel with the most votes will win their owners a $500 prize. Boats of all sizes are welcome and there is no entry fee required. Judging, conducted by local elected officials and community leaders, will be based on lights, enthusiasm and themed décor.
To allow parade vessels to pass through bridge openings, temporary road closures are to be expected with exact times to be determined based on weather, winds, tides, and currents. Based on past parades, Parker Bridge is expected to open sometime between 6:00 and 6:15, PGA Bridge between 6:30 and 6:45, Donald Ross Bridge between 7:15 and 7:30, Indiantown Road Bridge between 8:00 and 8:15, and Jupiter Federal Bridge between 8:15 and 8:30. Only traffic moving south to north will be affected. Please use alternate routes during these times. Once the parade is completed, regular bridge opening schedules will be in effect.
Join the MIAPBC on Saturday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. in North Palm Beach for this great event. For more information and a list of sponsors and supporters, visit palmbeachboatparade.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (561) 863-0012.
About Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County:
The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC) is a not-for-profit organization created to promote and protect the sound growth of the marine industry in Palm Beach County for the benefit and education of its members, the community, and the environment.
Marine Industries Association Contact: Alyssa Freeman, (561) 863-0012 or email@example.com.
Media Contact: Nicole Squartino NS Creative Marketing (954) 275-6948 firstname.lastname@example.org.