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History - In 1989 Jim Hussmann and a couple of others formed a committee and started the Venice Christmas Boat Parade. They overcame a lot of obstacles but on the 1st Saturday in December, 41 boats decorated in holiday theme completed the parade route, and for 31 years the parade had remained an annual event, until 2020.

      THE PARADE IS BACK and under the direction of our new president, Joe Zgrzepski, the board & committee volunteers, our goal is to make this parade the most viewed and talked about holiday show in Southwest Florida.  If you have a boat join us. It doesn't matter if this is your first parade or a continuing participant, nor does it matter how large or how small your boat is or how many decorations you place,


history of boat parade

If you participated in the past, rejoin us. If you have never viewed our parade start a family tradition and make this year your first!! The boaters enjoy and anticipate the audience's appreciation resulting in the decorations becoming more spectacular each year.

viewing parade
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