The first annual Holiday Boat Parade was organized by the Miami Outboard Club in 1998 in an effort to attract residents and tourists to Biscayne Bay, Downtown Miami and surrounding areas during the holiday season. Nearly two dozen enthusiastic boat captains joined in the fun, decorating their boats and parading in the Bay waters adjacent to the Club.
Fast forward to the present and with collections benefiting the children of MIAMI &, Stadium apartments last year’s parade collected and donated over 1,000 toys to the children of our community. The Miami Outboard Club’s Holiday boat parade has expanded by hosting private and community events such as their Holiday Gala, a black tie event which gives you the opportunity to meet local dignitaries and sponsoring business owners. Poster Contest, where they partnered with Miami-Dade School Board, and initiated the third annual POSTER CONTESTS within our Miami-Dade County School System. These events are a fundamental part of The Miami Outboard Club’s Family and community activities. Once again this holiday season we will be collecting new unwrapped toys for the children of the City Of Miami, at The Miami Outboard Club and various sponsor retail locations.
Over the past 17 winter seasons, the Holiday Boat Parade has grown in size and scope, attracting club members and non-members alike. Over the past few years the event, has featured more than 75 boats, and over nearly are expected this year. With past Grand Marshal such as Roberto Torres, Dj Laz, Todd Togen WPLG 10, Rhiannon Ally CBS Miami, and Mayor Tomas Regalado. This year’s parade route offers numerous locations from which locals and tourists alike can enjoy the marvel. The Official viewing site is Bay front park there will be Food Vendors, Bounce House , Dj and Firework Show at 9:00pm . The parade will be Beginning at the Miami Outboard Club continuing along Government Cut towards Downtown Miami, passing the Miami Children Museum, Bayside and Bayfront Park. The parade route will turn around at Brickell Key, once again passing Bayfront Park, Bayside, and then American Airlines Arena.
The spectacle doesn’t end at the Parade’s finish line, immediately following the parade, Miami Outboard Club will host a Dance Party at the “Club” for parade participants, their families, guests and the public. During the post-parade party, prizes are awarded for best-decorated boats in a variety of categories.
The Annual Holiday Boat Parade is made possible through the ongoing cooperation of the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, City of Miami’s Office of the Mayor Tomas Regalado, Miami-Dade Marine Patrol, The City of Miami Police Department, The City of Miami Beach Police Department, and the generous support of individual and corporate sponsors. With increased participation and support from Miami’s business community, the Miami Outboard Club hopes to make the Holiday Boat Parade the largest of its kind in Florida.