The 2023 Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade | Everything You Need To Know

2023 boca raton holiday boat parade

We're fired up for the 49th annual Boca Raton holiday boat parade! One of the most popular events in Boca Raton is nearly five decades old, returning for its next installation. The Boca Holiday Boat Parade is a coalescing event that incorporates much of what sets this community apart. The bright lights, beautiful boats, balmy weather, and neighborhood camaraderie are exemplified at this event. For our part, we've got our eyes on the water and our thumb on the pulse of our backyard, and are here to bring you everything you need to know about the 2023 Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade!

  • When: Saturday, December 16th 2023. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Where: Boca Raton Intracoastal Canal (C-15 to Hillsboro Bridge)

The Parade Route

The Parade will follow its usual path beginning in the C-15 Canal of the Boca Raton/Delray Beach border. The parade boats will turn due south at the Intracoastal and follow along until the route end at the Hillsboro drawbridge. The boats will pass several waterfront communities in Boca Raton including the Boca Marina Yacht Club and Golden Harbour among several others. There are three drawbridges along the route: Spanish River, Palmetto Park, and Camino Real, beginning with Spanish River and ending beyond the picturesque twisting drawbridge spanning Camino Real. Eachdrawbridge will open at a specific time as follows:

  • Spanish River Park - 6:50 PM
  • Palmetto Park - 7:20 PM
  • Camino Real - 7:30

49th boca raton holiday boat parade route map

Map of East Boca Raton with public parks and drawbridges marked.

Viewing And Parking Spaces

Anyone fortunate enough to live along the Boca Raton Intracoastal may have an immediate viewing space from their backyard or condo window, but for everyone else, there are three primary viewing spaces for the parade at Wildflower Park, Silver Palm Park, and Red Reef Park. Red Reef Park has the most dedicated parking and largest available areas, while Wildflower and Silver Palm Park sit adjacent to one another at the foot of the Palmetto Park Drawbridge. Wildflower and Silver Palm Park each sit near Mizner Park and Downtown Boca Raton, where there are numerous shopping, dining, and yes, parking options, but these are sure to fill quickly.

  • Red Reef Park - 1400 N. Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • Wildflower Park - 551 E. Palmetto Park Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • Silver Palm Park - 600 E. Palmetto Park Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33432

Entering the Boat Parade

Good news! You can apply to be a part of the parade! Applications are due by November 21, and feature a $1,000 award for the best in show across three size categories:

  • Under 25 feet
  • 26 to 34 feet
  • Over 35 feet. 

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