This year has been very unexpected, difficult, and just plain exhausting. Economies have taken a dive all over the world and many countries have experienced severe spikes in Coronavirus cases. In these rather trying times, the vacation that you would have been planning for months might not have happened. We understand how frustrating that would have been for you, but boy, do we have something exciting for you.
Have you ever been to Sarasota, Florida? If you haven’t, we suggest you visit as soon as you get the chance. Every year, Sarasota hosts the Annual Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, and this year’s COVID-19 pandemic ain’t stopping them!
The Annual Christmas Boat Parade was first put on in 1986. It is usually held 10-14 days before Christmas Day. It brings out large crowds of local residents and tourists alike who line the shores of Sarasota Bay from Centennial Park to Bayfront Park every year. Setting up at Marina Jack Restaurant or City Island is also recommended for a smooth viewing experience. Some spectators can even be seen setting out folding chairs and picnic baskets while waiting in line. They relax, enjoy some refreshments, and take in the overall ambiance of fun and frolic surrounding them. After all, the whole point is to let loose and enjoy the festivities of the Parade, right?
The Parade is open to all participants who own small boats, medium boats, and even yachts. All the boats are beautifully decorated with string lights and colorful craft designs. The Parade starts in the evening at 6 and lasts for about an hour. For a seamless and hassle-free experience, we suggest you arrive an hour early and set up your spot!
What to Expect This Year?
The Parade starts from City Island, cruising across Sarasota Bay to Centennial Park and then south under the Ringling Bridge and across Sarasota’s Bayfront Park. There are about 25 flamboyantly-decorated and brightly lit boats that make their way to delight onlookers and help brighten the holiday mood of those on the shore. The Parade starts with some popular Christmas tunes playing in the background, all to get you in the holiday spirit. You may even see Santa’s reindeer and elves running about in some of the boats.
This year, the Christmas Boat Parade is scheduled to be held on December 12, 2020. Of course, all safety measures have been taken and will be strictly enforced.
- We implore you to wear a mask (even better if you cover your nose with it!) and carry hand sanitizer. The venues will have sanitizers but on the off-chance that you don’t get to sanitize, it’s always a good idea to carry some yourself.
- Your temperature will be taken at the venue entrance, so if we feel you’re slightly warm, they might have to ask you to leave. Sorry!
- Maintain a safe distance of six feet from people not in your immediate group.
- Most importantly, have some fun!
Be safe, be happy. We’ll see you at the Parade.