Tampa Bay area holiday parades include snow, boats, Santa

Photo credit: Ybor City Development Corporation

(WFLA) – A fun way to celebrate the holidays is to watch a parade. Many Tampa Bay area communities will be having holiday parades over the next few weeks. Some parades will be on land, others will be on the water featuring boats decorated with colorful holiday lights. Find a holiday parade near you!

YBOR CITY- Saturday, Dec. 10

Ybor City will transform into a winter wonderland for the 5th Annual Snow on 7th Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 10. The family friendly event attracts thousands of visitors each year with over 17 local high school bands and various performers participating in the parade. Pre-parade entertainment starts at 6 p.m. along historic 7th Avenue. Mayor Bob Buckhorn will kick off the parade which includes several local dignitaries, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. The parade is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. between 15th and 17th streets. 7th Avenue will be closed to traffic Saturday afternoon and will not re-open until after the parade is finished and the streets are cleaned. Learn more about other holiday celebrations in Ybor City. 


The 31st Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday December 10th, 2016 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park. The Parade route has been expanded by an additional turn marker at the southwest side of Bayfront Park. All boats must now pass approximately one third of the Sarasota Bay side of Bayfront Park within a few yards, to be considered for judging. The Bayfront Park spectator viewing area has been expanded to include the entire Northern tip of island near the fountain.


Join us at The Club at Treasure Island as we celebrate the 31tst annual Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade, Sunday, December 11th.  The Treasure Island boat parade is a dazzling nautical spectacle featuring over 60 varieties of boats making it the biggest lighted boat parade in Tampa Bay. A special cast-off party will be held at 4:30 pm at The Club pool pavilion before the big sendoff featuring live entertainment, food and beverage and a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The cast-off party is open to the public with admission being either a cash donation, or one new, unwrapped toy benefitting Christmas Toy Shop of Pinellas. Toy drop off barrels can be found at three following locations  in Treasure Island; The Club at Treasure Island, Treasure Island City Hall and Fifth Third Bank of TI, where donors will receive a ticket for admission. The parade will start promptly at 6:20 pm with the route traveling throughout Boca Ciega Bay and ending at John’s Pass.  A special award ceremony will be held at The Club at 9 pm.

SAFETY HARBOR- Saturday, Dec. 17

Come out to Main Street Safety Harbor on Saturday, December 17, at 1 pm for Safety Harbor’s 36th Annual Holiday Parade. Each year, Safety Harbor has over 100 entries including: the Shriners, car clubs, antique fire engines, clowns, local girl and boy scouts, cub scouts and brownies, local dignitaries, our local high school band, and much more. As always, Santa and his helpers will be making a trip down from the North Pole for this festive event!


Friends of the River’s 17th Annual Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade happens Sunday, December 18th. All boaters and paddlers of canoes, kayaks, etc. in the Tampa Bay area are invited to JOIN the FUN at the Boat Parade for Everyone! Paddlers and boaters are needed to help create this annual community event, sponsored for the 17th consecutive year by Friends of the River, a community organization of people who believe in restoring and protecting the health and beauty of Tampa’s #1 natural asset, the Lower Hillsborough River. Last year the Holiday Boat Parade grew to over 150 boats, by far our biggest turnout ever! This year the Tampa Bay Sierra Club joins Friends of the River in sponsoring the event as an official Sierra Club Outing, as the Sierra Club has held in America’s beautiful natural areas since Club founder John Muir first took friends on a hike back in 1892.


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