What you need to know about tours, boat registrations, toy donations, and bridge openings
Boca Raton, FL – The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) Vacation Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This free family event is led by a traveling fireworks display and features up to 80 vacation-themed boats. From North Palm Beach, small boats, sailboats and mega-yachts, all adorned with millions of twinkling Christmas lights, travel up the Intracoastal Waterway to the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.
The parade can be seen in person along the parade route or live through the WPBF Facebook page, the WPBF mobile app, or the WPBF website at wpbf.com. A variety of public waterfront locations are available for viewing, including: all public parks along the parade route, North Palm Beach Country Club, Waterway Cafe, U-Tiki, Jetty’s, Harborside Place, Charlie and Joe’s at Love Street and Square Grouper Bar Tiki. Please bring an unpacked toy to your viewing destination. Volunteer “toy boats” with Toys for Tots signage and uniformed Marines will pick up at the dock during the parade. Spectators are encouraged to wave a flashlight if they have any toys to donate. By boat, viewing suggestions are Ski Beach or anywhere else between Donald Ross Rd. And Indiantown Road. Anchoring boats in front of the North Palm Beach Country Club or the North Palm Beach Marina is prohibited. The grand finale of the fireworks takes place at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.
Boats must be registered by November 30, 2021 to be part of this precious holiday tradition. Registration is free and incoming ships are eligible for up to $ 10,000 in cash and prizes. Ships pass through Safe Harbor North Palm Beach Marina and the MIAPBC headquarters in North Palm Beach, where a panel of judges rate each ship based on lights, excitement, and themed setting. The theme of the parade this year is “Happy and Bright”. Judges for 2021 include North Palm Beach Mayor Darryl Aubrey, Freedom Boat Club’s Dan Lund, The Honorable Karen Marcus, Palm Beach County Commissioner Maria Marino, Palm Beach Gardens Deputy Mayor Chelsea Reed, Lori Sousa of Sea Land Insurance, Juno Beach Deputy Mayor Peggy Wheeler and Jupiter Mayor Todd Wodraska.
The toy drive for the benefit of Toys for Tots and Little Smiles is currently underway. The community is invited to participate in giving joy to a child during the holidays by donating toys, money or buying festive boat parade clothing. Toys are collected, by land, from participating Palm Beach County businesses for Little Smiles and by boat on parade night for Toys for Tots. The money can be donated directly to MIAPBC to purchase toys that will be divided between the two charities. A variety of custom designed boat parade clothing is available online. All clothing products are used to purchase toys.
“The need for toys will be even greater this year in our community,” said CEO Alyssa Freeman. “We encourage monetary donations which allow us to make gifts for all age groups. The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade committee will split funds between Little Smiles and Toys for Tots to purchase new toys for children in need this holiday season.
It is estimated that the bridge openings will be open for about an hour. Parker Bridge will open around 6 pm; The PGA Bridge will open around 6:15 p.m. The Donald Ross Bridge will open around 7 p.m. Indiantown Road Bridge will open around 7:30 p.m. Jupiter Federal Bridge will open around 7:45 p.m.
For more information, visit marinepbc.org or call (561) 863-0012. Follow the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade on Facebook @pbboatparade and Instagram: @palmbeachboatparade.
About the Palm Beach County Marine Industries Association:
The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC) is a non-profit organization formed in 1986. Their mission is to promote and protect the healthy growth of the marine industry in Palm Beach County for the benefit and the education of its members, the community and the environment. MIAPBC brings two signature annual events to the community: the Palm Beach International Boat Show and the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade. The Palm Beach International Boat Show (PBIBS) showcases billions of dollars in yachts and accessories with an economic impact of $ 682 million statewide and $ 84 million in Palm Beach County. MIAPBC supports more than forty local marine-related events and nonprofits that protect and promote the maritime industry in Palm Beach County and beyond, with a portion providing scholarships to deserving students. Since its inception, MIAPBC has donated more than $ 2.5 million to local nonprofits and scholarship applicants.
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 4, 2021 – 27th Annual Palm Beach Vacation Boat Parade and Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County Toy Drive to benefit Toys for Tots and Little Smiles. The parade begins in North Palm Beach and travels up the Intracoastal Waterway ending at 8 p.m. at the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. For more information, visit marinepbc.org or call (561) 863-0012.