Monday, November 16, 2015

Palm Coast Holiday Boat Parade ~ 2015

Thirty years ago in 1985 the Palm Coast community held its first Holiday Boat Parade.  This year on December 5, 2015, at 6:00 p.m., The Palm Coast Yacht Club continues its tradition of presenting another annual magical festival of lights on the water marking the beginning of the winter holidays.  (Rain date is December 6.)

 Grand Marshalls for this year’s Boat Parade will be Flagler County Sheriff James L. Manfre and Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts.  Contributing sponsor for the event is the Florida Inland Navigational District.  The Parade will be accompanied by boats from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and Tow Boat U.S.

Registered boats gather in Cimmaron Basin at 6 p.m. and head east to the Intracoastal Waterway where the Parade turns south passing Tidelands, Canopy Walk, St. Joe’s Walkway, Waterfront Park, and Island Estates, before turning at the Grand Haven Gazebo and back to Clubhouse Waterway.

Resident lining the Parade route are strongly encouraged to turn on their dock lights and help light the way for the parade.  Many citizens host parties along the route as a unique way to welcome the holidays to Palm Coast.  Recommended public viewing areas are Waterfront Park and St. Joe’s Walkway.
Boat owners in the greater Palm Coast area are invited to register their vessels to participate in the event and contribute to this annual holiday tradition that makes this community so special.  Registration forms must be received by Event Captain Robert Ulis no later than November 30.  Registration forms are available at the Club or on-line at

Registration forms may be transmitted electronically to Event Captain Robert Ulis at
THEULISES@ATT.NET or by mail to the Palm Coast Yacht Club, 1 Yacht Club Drive, Palm Coast, Florida 32137.
For registration and event information contact Captain Ulis at
386-283-5166 or at

All vessels participating in the parade must be decorated, have operable regulation running lights, must be able to travel under power at 5 knots the full distance of the Parade route (3.8 statute miles), carry an operable VHF radio and proof of insurance and registration.

With a 180-foot fixed dock and a 25-foot floating dock, The Palm Coast Yacht Club offers a wide variety of social activities for boaters and non-boaters alike.  The organization provides opportunities for boating trips, dinners, dock parties, and picnics.  Welcoming new members every month, the Club was established in 1979.

Event Source: News Release