Last evening I experienced my first Christmas boat parade. It was off Matlacha Island in the “Sunshine State” of Florida in the USA.
Previously, I have written blog stories about Coconut Pete and the Turtle Races, and the Parade of Mermaids which originate from this speck of land (population 620) just off Florida’s southwest coast.
Not quite in the Gulf of Mexico, this small, one stop light village of Matlacha continues to warm ones heart with innovative slices of local lore, tradition, and Americana. This story is about my experience at Matlacha’s Christmas boat parade.
Boat owners in this area look forward to the annual Christmas boat parade. As people in numerous parts of the world often decorate their homes for the Christmas holiday, boat captains go to great lengths to decorate their vessels. And music is part of the parade too as Christmas tunes blare from the onboard speaker systems.
The parade wasn’t very lengthy (like this story) but was full of Christmas cheer as there were 15 to 20 boats participating. Onlookers like us on Coconut Pete’s boat were joined by others in the water, on the dock at Bert’s Bar and Grill, and numerous people standing on Matlacha’s drawbridge overlooking the spectacle.
I hope you have a Merry Christmas!
Below are a few photos from the event.