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A Parade with a Purpose

On Saturday, December 9, enjoy a parade of boats beautifully decorated for the holidays on Sarasota Bay.   This annual event is presented by Suncoast Charities for Children and Marina Jack.  Admission is free and the best viewing is from Bayfront Park and Marina Jack. Reservations are required in advance for Marina Jack and fill up quickly. Call 941-365-4232 to reserve your table now! Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy or book which will be distributed by Suncoast Charities for Children to The Florida Center for Early Childhood, The Haven, and Children First. Lana Jackson and Lisa Baer serve as Co-Chairs for this year’s event.  Celebrity judges select winners from both the private and corporate sector. 

Presenting Sponsors

Toy Drive Partner


Register Online For The 2023 Holiday Boat Parade Of Lights

Please note that there is a mandatory captain’s meeting on Thursday, December 7th at 5:30pm at Marina Jack.

*All registered vessels must have a motor and be able to maintain 6 knots in order to participate in the parade. 

Winners From The 2022 Parade

Private (21'-35')

1st Place – Bound-N-Blue | Captained By Eric Clayton
2nd Place – Prana | Captained By Richard Dear

Private (36' Over)

1st Place – My Best Life | Captained By Kyle Fraley
2nd Place – Pomalo | Captained By Greg Budslick

Corporate (21'-35')

1st Place – Turtle Beach Grill | Captained By Able Ortega/ Turtle Beach Grill
2nd Place – Slip – N -Slide | Captained By Demetri Thomas/ Suntex Marina 

Corporate (36' Over)

1st Place – Atlantic Attitude | Captained By John Springhetti/ Spring Advertising
2nd Place – LeBarge | Captained By Ryan Parker/ LeBarge

Most Creative

Tuff Tiki | Captained By Bill Hogan/ Tuff Tiki