Alafia Lighted Boat Parade



Youโ€™re invited to experience the holidays Florida style with the 39th Alafia Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, December 2, 2023!  Welcome Santa as he arrives by water then cheer on your favorite decorated boats completely decked out for the holidays as they travel up the beautiful Alafia River!   Everyone is welcome!  There is no charge to attend the event. 

To enter your boat, compete in the Chili Cook-Off, sign up as a Sponsor, or volunteer: 

5 PM - 7 PM Festivities include:


๐ŸŽ…Photos with Santa - Santa arrives by boat. 

๐ŸŽถHoliday music

๐ŸšคRiverfront viewing of the parade

๐ŸŽจKidsโ€™ Crafts



๐ŸŒถ๏ธChili Cook Off - $5 to taste and vote for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place!  Prizes for the winners!

๐ŸŒญFood available for purchase. ๐Ÿฅค๐Ÿฟ


๐ŸŽ‰After Party (8-10 PM) at Riverโ€™s Edge Bar & Grill, 6226 Ohio Ave, Gibsonton:

Best Decorated Boats ๐Ÿšค will be announced with prizes sponsored by Riverโ€™s Edge Bar & Grill. 


Event proceeds benefit Friends of County Parks and the FishHawk-Riverview Rotary Club Foundation which addresses the alleviation of poverty, illiteracy, hunger and disease through local and global charitable organizations.


Click for Alafia River Boat Parade Rules


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