2014 Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Boat Parade!
ENTER YOUR BOAT !!!!!!!
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 Tropical Cafe (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 (now Hurrican Hole) 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.
This years parde will benefit the following VETERANS groups: American Legion, VFW, and Marine Corps League.
BOATERS: If you have photos of your
boat/crew, and or others in the parade, please send them to my at
with caption of boat name.
2014 Parade Judges:
2014 Winning Boats:
Kudo's to ALL the boats
participating in the parade:
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE USCG MARATHON FOR PROVIDING THE PATROL BOAT TO LEAD THE PARADE!
PARADE SPONSORS - Donated more than $4000 to benefit the local Veterans groups!!! Thank You to all of you who made this possible
2014 Major Contributors:
CLICK HERE for a
printable registration form.
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 Tropical Cafe, 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.
Awards presented to the "Best Overall" boat, then the Best in Class for boats a) 17ft and under, b) 18-29ft, and c) 30' and over
PICTURES & INFO ON A FEW OF THE PAST PARADES:
Boot Key Harbor website created and maintained by Capt.
Gregory T. Absten, Marathon. - A Boater's Guide to the Florida Keys & Cuba