Registration Open for Gulfport Holiday Boat Parade
This will be the 31st annual Christmas boat parade that benefits Operation Santa.
GULFPORT – The 31st Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade will be setting sail on Dec. 10.
Each year, members of the Boca Ciega Yacht Club and the general public come together to spread holiday joy by decking the hulls and heading out on Boca Ciega Bay to parade the BCYC way!
The parade starts at 6 p.m. at the Gulfport Municipal Marina and passes by the BCYC clubhouse on the way into the bay. The parade then heads to Gulfport’s Williams Pier and the beach, passing by the Gulfport Casino. The parade winds it way through the communities of Town Shores, Kipps Colony and the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, Pasadena Golf Club Estates and Dolphin Boulevard South where holiday parties wait for the boats to pass by. Lastly the boats visit Isla del Sol, then head back to the BCYC clubhouse for the post parade party.
But it’s about more than fun and merriment. Participants need only a simple fee to enter – two (or more!) unwrapped toys for Operation Santa. Operation Santa, coordinated by the Gulfport Police Department, collects toys for the children of Gulfport whose holidays would be sadder without the generosity of the community. Boca Ciega Yacht Club has been part of Operation Santa for 16 years.
For information or to register, go to sailbcyc.org.
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