By LAUREN REEVES
NAPLES — Channel your inner movie star by adorning your sea-faring vessel in gleaming lights, music and animations to reflect your favorite holiday-themed flick.
“Great Christmas Movies” is the decorating theme for the 30th annual Naples Christmas
Boat Parade on Naples Bay. Hosted by the Marine Industries Association of Collier
County, the parade launches at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Plan a watch party in your Naples Bay waterfront backyard, or come to one of the
many viewing locations.
The Naples City Dock will host the judging committee and VIP guests. Lots of extra space will be left over for a front row seat to the spectacle, which will feature dozens of boats.
In addition to the city dock, the parade may be viewed from Pinchers at Tin City, the Riverwalk restaurant, Naples Landings, Kelly’s Fish House Dining Room, The Boat
House on Naples Bay and Bayview Park.
The parade will begin at Marker 18 (Bayview Park and Hamilton Harbor Marina area) and will continue north to the Naples City Dock, then to Pinchers at Tin City at the Gordon River Bridge. It will then travel back down the Bay and be extended this year into Port Royal’s Man-O-War and Morgan Coves.
“All size boats are welcome to enter,” said
Tiffany Sawyer-Shank, executive director
of Marine Industries. “Winners will be
selected for the best in class and the best
Awards and gift certificates will be doled
out to the top decorated boats in each
category, resulting in approximately 8 to 10 winners.
“It’s free to enter, we just ask for donations for the Ricky King Foundation, which we have supported for the last 16 years,” Sawyer-Shank said. “We’ve raised nearly $150,000 so far.”
The Ricky King Fund, established in 1978,
provides support for the unmet medical
needs of children.
Tax-deductible donations are welcome,
and 100% of donations will be presented
to the Ricky King Fund at a special Parade
Award Ceremony in January 2020.
The Captain’s Meeting is a must-attend event for those wishing to participate. It will
be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Pinchers at Tin City.
So put on your Santa cap, gather the elves and make plans now to be view or star in this