(PRESS RELEASE)_(NORTH PALM BEACH, FL) The 26th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade (PBHBP) will bring holiday cheer to Palm Beach County and thousands of much-needed gifts to families throughout the region. The event hosted by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC), will feature dozens of decorated vessels traveling up the Intracoastal Waterway.
Entries into the parade are currently being accepted through December 1, allowing you to show off your holiday spirit and feature your vessel in front of a combined audience of over 100,000 viewers in-person, television, and online audiences. Entries can be made on the official PBHBP website at www.palmbeachboatparade.com.
Entry into the parade is free and over $10,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs. Winning boats will also be featured on the official PBHBP website for an entire year, with the Best in Show vessel’s name added to the official PBHBP award plaque. The Fan Favorite contest will showcase photos of each boat parade entry to thousands of fans on the PBHBP Facebook page. Fans will then vote for their favorite boat entry with “likes” and the photo with the most likes will win $500. Voting begins on December 6 and ends on December 8 at 10:00 a.m. The winner will be announced on December 8 during the awards ceremony.
The parade will air live on the WPBF 25 News Facebook page, mobile app, and at WPBF.com. The parade will re-air on WPBF Channel 25 at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 13.
“The event would not be possible without our sponsors,” says MIAPBC Executive Director Alyssa Freeman. Major sponsors of the event include the Town of Jupiter, Freedom Boat Club, Sea Land Insurance Corp., Stock Custom Homes, Safe Harbor North Palm Beach Marina, Viking Yacht Service Center, Village of North Palm Beach, iHeart Radio and Hubbard Radio stations.
The PBHBP has become known for more than an entertaining parade. The 21st Annual “On the Water” Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots and Little Smiles will also take place during the parade. “Donating toys to families in need of holiday cheer has never been easier or more important than this year,” says Freeman. Donations are being accepted online, at local businesses through drop-off boxes, through an Amazon wish list, and during the PBHBP in-person. Donations can be made online at www.palmbeachboatparade.com. To make a toy donation the night of the parade, wave a flashlight from your dock or seawall and a volunteer vessel traveling with the parade (many with uniformed Marines on board) will come and collect your toys.
In an effort to collect additional funds to benefit the toy donation efforts of Little Smiles and Toys for Tots, the PBHBP is hosting a raffle with prizes totaling nearly $2,000 in value. Prizes include a golf foursome at The Breakers, a Nautical Ventures full day pontoon rental, $250 Angler Management gift card, and $100 gift card for The Detail Dudes. The raffle will be conducted live on Facebook on Tuesday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Entries are currently being accepted online, click here.
In addition to attending the event in-person, purchasing and wearing parade T-shirts has also become a popular holiday tradition in Palm Beach County. This year’s design is now on sale, and all proceeds will go to the PBHBP toy drive partners Little Smiles and Toys for Tots.
For additional information on the 26th Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade, visit the official event website, click here.
Exploring what to see and do in North Palm Beach and the South Florida area. Your hosts are Pam and Gerry Barker.
GERRY PRONOUNCED GARY
Listen to Chapter One of "Panama Palmer"