26th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar &
Galley Lighted Boat Parade
DECK THE HULLS!!!
2016 Lighted Boat Parade Registration Form (Click for printable
2016 Lighted Boat Parade
2016 Lighted Boat Parade
Winners and Boat Photos
Update on our 26th
Annual Schooner Wharf Bar/Absolut Vodka Lighted Boat Parade:
Due to heavy winds with strong gusts forecast for 12/10. The
Lighted Boat Parade is rescheduled for Wednesday, December 14th at
8:00 p.m. Wednesday’s weather is forecast to be just right for a
Key West Wonderland Parade1
On Wednesday, festivities will start at 6:00 p.m. with the
children of the House of Pan Steel Drum Band of Bahama Village
starting the evening’s magic! Then the Parade starts at 8:00 p.m.
Vessels of all shapes and sizes will dazzle the crowd. The judging
stand is at Schooner Wharf Bar and is the best place for viewing!
The holiday season in Key West is decidedly
it is in northern climes. Take Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted
Boat Parade --- set to sail into our southernmost city’s Key West Bight and Harbor on
Wednesday, December 14th at 8:00 p.m.. For Key West and the Florida Keys, it’s a
tropical tribute to the season and a big family affair. Parade participants and
spectators on the docks watching the parade feel as if they are part of one big
The Gerald Adams Elementary School Steel Your Heart Band kicks off the
festivities at 6:00 p.m. with a set of holiday tunes and standards on stage at
Schooner Wharf, followed by The Doerfels, an incredibly talented family
including young kids to young adults, who sing more Christmas favorites.
real stars of this Parade, however, aren’t the entertainers. They’re the
scores of delightfully decorated motor and sailing vessels that compete for
bragging rights, more than $20,000 in prizes with a Free Raffle. The prizes are guaranteed to spur our local creative seafarers to reach
their artistic peaks. Long hours go into crafting inventive designs and
stringing garlands and icicle lights from bow to stern.
Vessels have ranged from a kayak with battery-powered lights, to fishing
vessels, to classic schooners. Past winners have included dolphins jumping in
and out of the water, as well as manatees, pelicans, sea horses, and other
island creatures. Look for palm trees—not spruce, fir or pine—aboard the holiday
And don’t forget the conch shells, this is the Conch Republic after all. Add a
sprinkling of the Grinch, spinning ornaments, dancing gingerbread men, and you
have the makings of a Key West maritime holiday tradition.
Entries brings Santa’s sleigh directly to the judges’ stand at Schooner Wharf
Bar. And why not? Along with a traditional ham dinner, hot apple jack, eggnog
and other seasonal libations are available to toast the holiday while watching
for jolly old Saint Nick to climb up the fireplace on a mast (as did one winning
Children will delight in the chance to catch candy and beads thrown to
spectators from ships’
decks, while viewers of all ages will admire the creativity of light displays
and cheer for their favorite vessels.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Keys has an exciting prize booth along the Harbor
Walk, where participants can spin the giant wheel and win a prize. Handmade
ornaments and holiday beverages are on sale throughout the afternoon and evening
to raise money for their club.
A starry night, a festive crowd and thousands of twinkling lights climbing
heavenward from the sea—that’s Key West’s way of saying “Happy Holidays!” So
join in spreading the spirit where mistletoe hangs from the mast and strings of
lights adorn the riggings: at the 26th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted Boat Parade.
The captains’ meeting is on Friday,
Dec. 9th at 8 p.m. on Schooner Wharf’s upper deck. For more info., please
contact Schooner Wharf Bar at (305) 292-3302 .
Lighted Boat Parade Registration Form (Click for printable entry form)
Holiday events and celebrations in Key West Florida
Angels Just 4 Kids
Its Just 4 Kids, a charitable organization with lots of dedicated volunteers,
located right here on our beautiful island of Key West, Florida.
2015 Schooner Wharf Bar &
Galley/Absolut Vodka Lighted Boat Parade Winners
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