Schooner Wharf Bar/Cruzan
Rums Lighted Boat Parade
DECK THE HULLS!!!
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Wharf Bar is once again proud to present the 19th Annual Schooner Wharf
Bar/Cruzan Rums Lighted Boat Parade. This favorite holiday maritime event
will take place on December 12th in the Key West Bight
The Gerald Adams Elementary School Steel Your Heart Band kicks off the
festivities at 6:00 pm with a set of holiday tunes and standards on stage at
Schooner Wharf, followed by a great night of the best world beats from Africa
and the Caribbean with the George Victory and the Observant Lion Band. This
popular five-piece island band gets everyone up and on the dance floor by
playing everything from Reggae, Funk, and Soca, to Classic Soul. Keeping in the
holiday spirit, the band will also be entertaining with Christmas favorites.
The boats come very close to the docks at Schooner Wharf to give the viewers and
the judges a good look at all the creative, imaginative holiday decorations. You
can sip on your favorite holiday drink such as Swedish glogg, hot apple jack or
eggnog, while watching this magical display of holiday spirit and listening to
the hot sounds of the best music the island has to offer.
This year’s cash awards and prizes total over $20,500 in value, and thanks to
the generosity of our sponsors, are even more spectacular than last year’s gift
awards. Twelve Winning Places will be Awarded!!! There is plenty of incentive
for our island’s creative mariners.
participating boats that did not place will be entered in an impressive $4,000
Raffle which include Great Prizes from West Marine - Downtown and Stock Island,
the Mel Fisher Family, Water Sport Adventures, Dining Gift Certificates,
Schooner Wharf Bar Tabs, Bottles of Cruzan Rum and Much MORE!!!
The Captains’ Meeting will be held
December 11th on the upper-deck of the Schooner Wharf Bar, with complimentary
hors d’oeuvres and libations to celebrate the season.
The Schooner Wharf Bar/Cruzan Rums Lighted Boat Parade is a big family
affair for Key West and the Florida Keys; parade participants and spectators on
the docks watching the parade feel as if they are part of one big family.
Decorations on the boats are plentiful and very imaginative.
In 2008 the always popular 25’ cuddy the Miss Quin Key delighted the crowd as well as
the judges to place first. Captain Del and Marge Ashburn put on quite a show
with multi colored lights twirling and spinning then “Going Green,” with all
lights switching to solid green. Capturing second was the spectacular
extravaganza put on by the crew of S/V Independence team captained by Mike and
Peggy Bankester. Third place went to Key West’s flagship the Schooner Western
Union with a Grinch that stole all our hearts.
years have seen the Grinch, lighted pelicans, sea horses, manatees, gingerbread
men, Santa’s sleigh, menorahs, and doves of peace. Who can forget Santa climbing
up the fireplace on a mast, or the wonderfully lit 30-foot art deco angel in the
rigging? Dancing candy canes and gaily wrapped gifts, toy soldiers and full
choirs and steel bands grace the decks throwing candy and beads to the delight
of spectators. It’s an unforgettable magical night, a definite highlight of the
The best viewing is at Schooner Wharf Bar, where the judges’ stand is located
and at the Lighted Boat Parade Party at Conch Republic Seafood Co. It’s time to
hang mistletoe from the mast and string lights on the rigging. All interested
parties please contact (305) 292-9520.
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