Sunday December 14th, 2014
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.
Anyone wishing more information or help should contact:
Tucker De Graw, 305-743-7214 or Chick Lees, 305-743-5037.
The winners of the 2014 Holiday Boat parade:
The Key Colony Beach Community Association’s Holiday Boat Parade was a wonderful event. There were 12 boats ranging from kayak to an over 40 footer. All decorated and lit beautifully. Here are the winners;
Best in Parade, Aqua Azul, Capt. Mark Sheridan
Over 30’: Best in Class, Sweet Caroline, Capt. Ralph Girkins
Best Theme, Commercial Boat,Capt. Paul Lebo
Most Spirited, 340 Sea Ray,Capt. Chris Reynolds
Under 30’:Best in Class, SexSeaSue, Capt. Pete Policastro
Best Theme, Spearit, Capt. Bud Fernandez
Most Spirited, Kayak, Capt. Sydney
Thanks to all who took the time and effort to participate. Without you, there would be no parade. One of the best parades in recent years! Thanks as well to the Realtors who, each year, so generously donate the trophies; Best in parade – Gail’s Island Realty. Over and under trophies – Key Colony Beach Realty, Participation – Caldwell Banker Schmidt Realty. Thanks to Chairs Tucker De Graw and Chick Lees for organizing this popular parade.