Sunday, December 8, 2013
Christmas in the Keys, Key Colony Beach that is. What better way to celebrate the season while living near the water than on the water. The Parade is open to anyone in the Middle Keys who wishes to enter, our only requirement is that the boat be lighted and the crew reflect the spirit of the season. If need be, dockages will be found for those who wish to participate and do not wish to return to their own docks in the dark. The after awards party with a free buffet and cash bar for Captains and Crews, is held at the Key Colony Inn.
The parade starts in the large Canal between the Sadowski Causeway and 7th Street in Key Colony Beach at approximately 6pm. On a signal from the KCB Police Boat two full circuits, counter clockwise, of the canal begins, moving past the Judges who are located at the City Hall Dock. The parade then passes out of the 7th street canal and winds its way through the canals on the west side of the city, ending usually in the canal between 11th and 12th street. The parade is easily viewed from either the Sadowski Causeway entering Key Colony Beach or the dock area behind the Post Office and City Hall. The City allows parking on the Causeway walking path to watch the parade. There are numerous parties at residents homes while waiting for the parade to come by their canal. Hundreds enjoy this annual holiday treat.
Tucker De Graw, 305-743-7214 or Chick Lees, 305-743-5037.
The winners of the 2013 Holiday Boat parade:
1 – Best in Parade, Dream Catcher, Capt. Carl Zahn
Boats over 30’
2 – Best in Class, Courtship, Capt. George Vakos
3 – Best in Theme, Spearit, Capt. Bud Fernandez
4 – Most Spirited, Vitamin Sea, Capt. Tracy Brenner (Abyss Dive Center)
Boats under 30’
5 – Best in Class, Tucks Toy, Capt. Tucker DeGraw
6 – Best Theme, Kayak, Capt. Sydney
7 – Most Spirited, Sea Gals, Capt. Katherine McCullough
Many thanks to all who participated, thanks to Co-Chairs Tucker De Graw and Chick Lees who work so hard to organize this event each year. Thanks to our police department for decorating the KCB boat and to the Coast Guard for helping us out with the parade.
Once again a great big thanks to Sergei and the staff at the Key Colony Inn for a great buffet and hosting the Awards Party. Thanks to KCBCA Boat Parade Chairs Tucker De Graw and Chick Lees for organizing this wonderful event so loved by all. Thanks to Exit Realty, Key Colony Beach Realty and Caldwell Banker Realty for donating the trophies.