Jupiter hosts annual Holiday Boat Parade

November 25, 2016 by  

The Marine Industries Association will once again present its Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade. The 22nd annual event is scheduled for early in December.

Boat owners may enter the parade for free, and vie for the $10,000 plus cash and prizes. The Zambelli traveling fireworks display will be leading the parade along the Intracoastal Waterway, starting at North Palm Beach and ending at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.

The Grand Marshall this year will be local country songwriter and singer Emily Brooke.

Bridges will be raised and lowered during the parade to accommodate the taller boats. The Parker Bridge and PGA Bridge will open first. Donald Ross Bridge will open next and remain open for 45 minutes. Next, the Indiantown Road Bridge will also open for 45 minutes. The last bridge, the Jupiter Federal Bridge, will have a 15-minute leeway to open, as will the other two bridges. The exact times will be dictated by the weather, tides, currents, and wind.

The Boat Parade, which collects more Toys for Tots donations than any comparable U.S. event, is scheduled for December 3. The public can view the parade from country clubs, parks, beaches, plazas, and jetties along the waterway. The Parker/U.S. 1 Bridge at North Palm Beach will open between 6:00 and 6:15 pm. More info and promotional products are available online.