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Christmas In Marathon

oot Key Harbor Christmas Boat Parade
by Marathon Sail & Power Squadron, and
Gregory Absten, Rick & Lori Sall - Organizers
founded 1997 by Capt Gregory Absten & Capt Sam Nelson

Boot Key Harbor Christmas Boat Parade

A Short History of the BKH Boat Parade (word document)

2004 Awards Ceremony - Greg & Sam


Saturday, December 13th 2014 (18th Annual!)
 click the link at the bottom of this page for previous year's photos-

Sponsored by and Marathon Sail and Power Squadron
Post-Parade awards and Party at Dockside Lounge, Sombrero Blvd.
Good viewing from:  Lazy Days Restaurant 11th St, Marathon Marina, Panchos Fuel Docks, Burdines Tiki Bar, 20th St Bridge (what's left of it),
Condo's down Sombrero Blvd, Dockside Lounge (Sombrero Marina), Boatman's Sombrero Resort

2014 Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Boat Parade!


Boat Route Details will be discussed at the Captains meeting prior to the parade, but the general idea is for boats to meet between 5:30-6:00pm just outside the harbor by the 7 mile bridge entrance. We start in at 6pm-6:10pm. If the weather allows we'll circle by the Sunset Grille by the bridge, but otherwise proceed inbound through the channel once called by parade organizer (we'll all have VHF radios), following the USCG lead boat. Most boats can make a turn to the left at Marathon Marina - go down and turn around in front of Lazy Days Restaurant and listen to the crowd cheer (we can do this fine in our 35' boat), then back into the main channel past Panchos and Burdines (larger boats or those uncomfortable making the turn to Lazy Days can just wait for us in the main channel). Proceed east up the harbor past Marathon Marina fuel dock, Panchos, Burdines, and through BKH bridge. Dogleg to the right up to Sister's Creek (but stay in channel), then left around Dog rock in the main channel past the condo's and past Dockside Lounge (where judges will be), continue on down past the Sombrero Resort docks. We'll determine at the Captain's meeting whether we go all the way down to the Winner Marine basin at the end past those condos and turn around, or whether we turn at the edge of Sombrero Marina (depends on both weather and what's down in the basin at the time to give us room). It will probably take us a good 45 minutes or more to get to the east end of the harbor once we start in at 6pm.


REGISTRATION:                                       CLICK HERE  for a printable registration form.
                                       Just print the page then scan and fax or email. Fax to 305.946.0232 or email to
                                                   (If all else fails just pick up the phone and call Rick or Greg to give them the information).
A captain's meeting will be held the Friday evening prior to the parade to go over the route and details with all boat captains.
     Held at Dockside Lounge - 5:30pm. You'll get your number to display during the parade here as well. If you can't make it but still want in the parade - just call us.
Questions? Email Greg at, or call Rick Sall at home at 305.743.9629, or Greg on his cell at 305.849.0285.

All boats are welcome to enter but must register - either print the form and return by fax or email, or register online.

The public may view the parade the closest at Lazy Days, Marathon Marina, Pancho's Fuel Dock, Burdines Waterfront, Dockside Lounge, Sombrero Resort, or the Boot Key Harbor Bridge, plus the many Condo's up and down the harbor. We expect many Christmas parties at the numerous condos and apartments along the route.

    1997 1st Annual - new photos posted Jan 2006!
    1998 2nd Annual
    1999 3rd Annual
    2000 4th Annual
   2002 6th Annual
    2003 - 7th Annual

    2004 - 8th Annual -
If you have photos of the parade in any year that you'd like to share, please email them to and we'll give you credit for the photo(s).

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