Everything to Know About the North County Holiday Boat Parade
JUPITER — Time to deck the halls... and the boats!
The beloved Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. The event is hosted by The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County.
The parade, which will feature 80 vessels decked out with thousands of twinkling holiday lights, will kick off from the Safe Harbor North Palm Beach Marina and navigate up the Intracoastal Waterway to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.
The holiday parade with impact traffic, as bridges along the Intracoastal will be open for about an hour. Here's the schedule:
- Parker Bridge will open around 6 p.m.
- PGA Boulevard Bridge will open around 6:15 p.m.
- Donald Ross Bridge will open around 7 p.m.
- Indiantown Road Bridge will open sometime around 7:30 p.m.
- Jupiter Federal Bridge will open around 7:45 p.m.
The free, family-friendly event will be led by a traveling fireworks display and collect donated toys benefitting Toys for Tots and Little Smiles.
Spectators are asked to bring unwrapped toys to their parade viewing spot and wave a flashlight if they have a toy to donate. Volunteer “toy boats” with Toys for Tots signage and uniformed Marines will make dockside pickups during the parade.
Here's how to watch the North County boat parade 2021
You can watch the parade from the shore or from your own boat.
From land: Catch the parade from all public parks along the parade route, the North Palm Beach Country Club, Waterway Cafe, U-Tiki, Jetty’s, Harbourside Place, Charlie and Joe’s at Love Street, and the Square Grouper Tiki Bar.
From the water: Ski Beach or anywhere else between Donald Ross Road and Indiantown Road. Boat anchoring in front of the North Palm Beach Country Club or North Palm Beach Marina is prohibited.
The fireworks grand finale will take place at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse at 8 p.m.
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When: 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 10
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