Dec 062012

Various  boat parades  add holiday sparkle in the Florida Keys — offering an opportunity for free festivities and fun.

Savor the sights and music  from shore, an excursion boat or your own boat.

  •  December  8, 7 p.m.  —— Key Largo Boat Parade. Suggested venues for watchinginclude  various restaurants and lounges at mile markers 103 and 104. The parade is free to enter, 305-394-3736
  • December 8 5 p.m. ——   Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Boat Parade in Marathon.  Suggested sites for watching include Lazy Days South, Marathon Marina, Sombrero Dockside Lounge and Burdine’s Waterfront, around MM 47-50
  • December 9  6 p.m. —— Key Colony Beach Lighted Boat Parade in Marathon area  from the 7th Street canal along canals and cuts. Suggested sites for watching Sadowski Causeway at MM 53.5 and the dock area behind City Hall and the post office. An after-party with awards for captains and crews is at Key Colony Inn with a free buffet and cash bar, 305-743-7214
    December 15, 7 p.m.  —— Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade, All boats are welcome to enter the parade including deep-sea cruisers, dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive and hand out candy to the kids. Recommended sites for watching include Pine Channel Causeway or Parrotdise Waterfront Bar. 183 Barry Ave. on Little Torch Key, 305-923-5370
  • December 15, 8 p.m.  ——-  Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley/Ultimat Vodka Lighted Boat Parade in Key West Tiny rowboats, tall ships and everything in between sail around Key West’s Historic Seaport and harbor areas. Before the parade, at 6 p.m., Gerald Adams Elementary School’s Steel Your Heart Band and a family band, The Doerfels, entertain spectators. WAtch from bars, restaurants and resorts in and around the Historic Seaport, 305-292-3302
 Posted by on December 6, 2012
Dec 062011

For spectators on land, enjoy the Lighted Boat Parade in Key West along the Harbor Walk.

The free event kicks off with holiday music by an elementary school’s Steel Your Heart band at the Schooner Wharf Bar at 6 p.m. December 10. The parade featuring decorated sail boats and motor boats is at 8 p.m.

Schooner Wharf Bar is at 202 William St. 305- 292-3302


 Posted by on December 6, 2011
Nov 012011

Enjoy a free parade of power boats and other power boat events in Key West. 

The parade of  boats on Duval Street is at 4 p.m. Sunday November 6.

For the various power boat races,  spectators may watch free from  public areas including Mallory Square.

 The  Key West World Championship is November 6 to November 13.

  On non-race days, enthusiasts may see boats and meet crews at the race area at the Truman Waterfront on Southard Street. Entry is $5 on non-race days.


 Posted by on November 1, 2011
Feb 222010

Various types of boats and  boat-related items are featured at this free family-friendly event in Key West.

Items for sale include marine equipment, art and apparel. Entertainment also is featured.

boatshowThe Key West Boat Show & Nautical Market is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday Feb. 27 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 at Truman Waterfront off Southard Street.

Information is available on the Key West Boat Show and Nautical Market website. Phone 305-393-6099.

 Posted by on February 22, 2010
Feb 192009

fishinggear1 That’s the name of the annual free event put on by the Upper Keys Rotary Club: Gigantic Nautical Flea Market in Islamorada.

This year’s event will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Founder’s Park, Mile Marker 8 Bayside. There will be a free shuttle from Coral Shores High School at MM 90.

This year, the Rotary will also serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast for $5.

The event features deals on every boat part, piece of fishing gear and other marine paraphernalia you can imagine, including boats, scuba gear and fishing gear. Proceeds go toward college scholarships.

 Posted by on February 19, 2009