Madeira Beach to Hold 2007 Holiday Boat Parade Saturday, December 15th
MADEIRA BEACH - The City of Madeira Beach has announced that the 41st Annual "Festival of Lights" Boat Parade will happen on Saturday, December 15th, beginning at 6 p.m. Participating boats are requested to rendezvous at Snug Harbor at approximately 6:15 p.m., for a 7 p.m. parade start at John's Pass. The finish will be in the canal north of City Hall on the border with Redington Beach, beyond the Tom Stuart Causeway Bridge.
As in previous years, the boats will cover a route that winds into the numerous canals and fingers that make up the city's waterfront. Due to weather and tide/water depth considerations and turning widths, some of the city's canals and fingers might not be navigable for the decorated boats.
All boats will be assigned a number. Boat owners/operators MUST display the number on the port (left) side of the boat, so they are visible to the judges. Boats must complete the entire parade route in order to be eligible for the awards. Cash prizes include $1000 for "Best Overall", plus $200, $150, $100 and $50 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place boats in each category. Boats will be entered in a category based on its overall length: Small (up to 22'), Medium (23'-32') and Large (over 32').
The Captain's meeting for participating boats will be held on Wednesday, December 12th, at 7 p.m. at Madeira Beach City Hall. Boat numbers can be picked up at that time, or are available at City Hall.
Entry forms for the parade are available now at City Hall. Entry forms will also be distributed to local marinas for boaters to pick up.
The awards party will be held at Holiday Isle Elks Club, 14111 Parsley Drive, Madeira Beach on Tuesday, December 18th beginning at 6 p.m.
For further information about the Madeira Beach Boat Parade, visit the City's Web site (http://www.ci.madeira-beach.fl.us/) or call Mike Ritner, Committee Chairman, (727) 215-0704.
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