Celebrate the 2018 Holiday Season and boating community at the 2018 Manatee County Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade is a staple of the Bradenton/Palmetto holiday calendar. Volunteers sign up to decorate their boats for chances at cash prizes. Spectators are invited to watch the parade from public locations at Regatta Pointe Marina / Riverhouse Reef & Grill, the Green Bridge Fishing Pier, and Twin Dolphin Marina / PIER 22. Bring the whole family to watch beautiful parade boat floats light up the night and the Manatee River!
Public Viewing Locations & Estimated Arrival Times:
Boats take off from Snead Island area at the cross beginning at dusk approximately 6:30 p.m.
Westside portions of Riverside Drive on Palmetto side with boats arriving at approximately 8:15 p.m.
Riverhouse Reef & Grill with boats arriving at approximately 8:15 p.m. *Dinner reservations required
Green Bridge fishing pier and sidewalk areas with boats arriving at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Riverwalk Gateway at Bacarrota Ave / 1st Ave W. -West of the Green Bridge only with boats arriving at approximately 8:45 p.m.
PIER 22 Restaurant with boats arriving at approximately 8:45 p.m. *Dinner reservations required and VIP seating available