Boats on parade for the holidays

boat parade

The crew aboard the party boat Swoop II show off their Christmas spirit at last year’s boat parade.

Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM.

In just a few weeks it will be time to trade in the rod and reels for lights and holy wreaths as boaters prepare to set sail Dec. 15 in the 27th annual Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade sponsored by the Destin History and Fishing Museum.

"It's the museum’s gift to the community," said Kathy Marler Blue of the Destin History and Fishing Museum.

Although the boat parade doesn't begin until 6 p.m., folks are encouraged to start finding their spot along the harbor early.

"People start finding seats along the harbor around 2 or 3 o'clock," said Dan Empson, museum board member and owner of Harry T's on the harbor. Harry T's Restaurant will be the site of the awards at the end of the parade.

Festivities will be held throughout the afternoon all along the harbor with the lighted boat parade setting sail at 6 p.m. with judging taking place upstairs at Harry T's.

Boats will line up in the harbor between 5 and 5:30 p.m. and the parade can be viewed from the docks and restaurants west of Grand Harbor Condominiums on Destin harbor. Following the boat parade a firework show will light up the sky over the harbor.

Capt. Jim Green of the New Florida Girl's American Spirit, a 92-foot party boat, said he always enjoys the boat parade.

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