The parade is held each year on a Saturday evening in December and begins in the basin in front of Bahama Breeze and The Westin. Boats line up between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. After one warm-up lap, they head to their first canal on the east end of Dana Shores. Captains navigate throughout Dana Shores, then head around Pelican Island and Sweetwater, and eventually tie up at Bahama Breeze for a post-parade celebration. Because many neighbors plan parties around the event, we ask that captains and crew complete the entire route.
Prizes will go to the best decorated boat. Unique numbers are assigned to each boat during registration, and each captain is asked to make a lighted sign. Estimated project time is 20 minutes using the suggested materials and instructions provided below.
50-light string ($12 at Home Depot)
1. Draw your number on the cardboard.
2. Punch holes at small intervals along the lines.
3. Insert lights through the back side of the cardboard. (Refer to the first picture below to learn from my mistake.)
4. Display your number on the starboard (right) side of your boat.
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