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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
19th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and 14th Annual Toys for Tots Drive
Deadline for boat entries is Monday, December 2
Free boat entry and $10,000 in cash and prizes
First Annual Boat Parade After-Party at Square Grouper Tiki Bar
(NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL)–A premier event of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC), the 2013 Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and “On the Water” Toys for Tots Drive kicks off this year’s holiday season on Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m.
The parade will start at the north end of the Lake Worth Lagoon, south of Old Port Cove Marina, and proceed north to the Jupiter Lighthouse. Tens of thousands of spectators will come out to enjoy the procession of decorated vessels sparkling on the Intracoastal Waterway beneath a backdrop of traveling Zambelli Fireworks. We welcome back Grand Marshal’s Mo and Sally from KOOL 105.5 on the Loggerhead Marina Grand Marshal Boat. Popular viewing locations include: Juno Park, Riverwalk, Sawfish Bay Park, and Jetty’s. The public is also invited to the First Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade After-Party at Square Grouper Tiki Bar in Jupiter.
The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Paradebenefits the U.S. Marine Reserves Toys for Tots Program. Last year, the MIAPBC collected 18,000 toys for needy children in Palm Beach County. This event collects more toys for Toys for Tots than any other single eventin Palm Beach County, and is a top collector in the nation. Toy donations can be dropped off at dozens of local businesses (listed at palmbeachboatparade.org), or picked up dockside during the parade by a fleet of toy boat volunteers from TowBoatU.S., Sea Tow Palm Beach, Boat Yard Services, Bobby Soles Propeller Service, Bluewater Boat Rentals, and Ocean Breeze.
Boat entry is free and the application can be found on the parade website. A captain’s meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3 aboard the Majestic Princess. Entries received by December 2 will be entered into a raffle and be eligible to win one of several fuel cards from Lake Park Harbor Marina, New Port Cove Marina, and Loggerhead Marina ranging in value from $100 to $500. Boats will be judged by local elected officials and community leaders at the North Palm Beach Marina. Judging is based on three factors: lights, enthusiasm and overall effect -the top three boats in each size category win a total of $10,000 in cash and prizes. The ‘Best of Parade’ boat receives $500 cash prize and more. An awards ceremony will take place at the Hilton Singer Island.
The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade is produced and sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. along with these other top sponsors not mentioned above: Town of Jupiter, Village of North Palm Beach, WPBF Channel 25, Clear Channel Radio/KOOL 105.5, Florida Weekly, Jetty’s, Viking, ANDE Monofilament, BoatingSouthFlorida.com and more! For more information visit palmbeachboatparade.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (561) 863-0012.