All Aboard for Festive Fun in Jacksonville
Celebrate this holiday season with a family viewing of the annual Jacksonville Light Boat Parade! This beloved Jacksonville tradition is set to illuminate the St. Johns River on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at 6:00 PM. Get ready to witness a spectacular display of dazzlingly decorated boats and a breathtaking fireworks show. Here’s everything you need to know.
A Long-Standing Tradition
The Jacksonville Light Boat Parade has been a cherished holiday tradition for over 30 years. Boat owners from all over the city come together to adorn their vessels with delightful holiday decorations, creating a magical spectacle that lights up the St. Johns River. It’s a sight to behold as boats of all shapes and sizes participate in this festive parade, spreading holiday cheer to all in attendance.
The parade route offers a perfect view for residents and visitors to enjoy. The boats will begin their route at the Ford on Bay and follow the Northbank Riverwalk to the Fuller Warren Bridge. Then, they will loop around just beyond the bridge before making their way over to the south bank, following the Southbank Riverwalk to the Duval County School Board building. With such a scenic location, it’s no wonder that thousands of spectators gather along the banks to witness this captivating event. You can find more information on their route and participation on the City of Jacksonville’s Boat Parade page.
A Night to Remember
The highlight of the evening is undoubtedly the stunning fireworks show that follows the parade. This year, the Main Street and Acosta bridges will also be lit with a one-of-a-kind waterfall fireworks display, providing a dazzling and unforgettable conclusion to the event. It’s a fantastic way to usher in the holiday season and create memories with family and friends. The best part? Attendance is completely free!
Competition and Categories
Participants in the Jacksonville Light Boat Parade can showcase their creativity and compete in various categories. The judging categories include:
- Vessels under 30′
- Vessels 30′ and over
Judges will assess the vessels based on their overall appearance and decoration composition. The fun and friendly competition adds an extra layer of excitement to the event.
All Captains and Crews Invited
If you’re a boat owner or part of a crew that loves to decorate and celebrate the holidays, this is your chance to shine! The Jacksonville Light Boat Parade welcomes captains and crews of motor-assisted vessels of all sizes to participate. 2023 registration is open until Sunday, November 12. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of a cherished Jacksonville tradition.
To stay up to date with all the latest news and information about the 2023 Jacksonville Light Boat Parade, visit their Facebook page.
Discover Your Perfect Vessel
At Yamaha Marine Center of Jacksonville, we offer an exceptional selection of boats that are designed to suit every lifestyle, whether you’re a seasoned mariner or a first-time boat owner. Embrace the joy of being out on the water with your family and friends, creating your own cherished holiday traditions.
From sleek bay boats to elegant Tiara Yachts for sale, we have something for everyone. You can browse our boats for sale online, and be sure to visit our Orange Park boat dealership before the parade! A new boat is the perfect way to make this holiday season one to remember. Your next nautical adventure begins at Yamaha Marine Center of Jacksonville.
Remember to mark your calendars for the 2023 Jacksonville Light Boat Parade. Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, this holiday tradition promises to be a night of joy, festivity, and community spirit along the beautiful St. Johns River. See you there!