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2020 has been a year unlike any other for many people around the world. With the holidays coming up and families still staying apart, it could be hard to get into the holiday spirit. Our team of specialists understand and want to share some ways to bring some cheer to your holiday season. If you are looking for a socially distanced way to celebrate, our experts recommend looking for a holiday boat parade in your city. Whether you watch from your own boat or onshore, you are guaranteed to be in the holiday mood after seeing these decorated boats sail by

Boat Parades 2020

Whether you are on the East Coast or West Coast of the United States, our experts have listed the best boat parades to go see in a few different cities. We hope that you can safely enjoy the holidays with your loved ones, even if it is from a distance. If you live in any of the cities mentioned below, be sure to check out the parade. If you don’t, check to see if there is a parade taking place near you!

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Every year, Fort Lauderdale holds its Winterfest Boat Parade. This holiday boat parade will be celebrating in a nontraditional way this year to keep all its patrons safe. Though the parade will not be taking place this year, tune into Channel 7 to watch the “Best of the Parade” special, where you can take virtual attendance at Fort Lauderdale’s biggest winter event. There will also be additional virtual events to attend leading up to the special airing on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Newport Beach, CA

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is a holiday boat parade that started more than 100 years ago as a Fourth of July parade and has since grown. This year, the celebrations will continue in person from December 16-20, and attendees have the option to participate virtually! This will be the first time the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will be streamed in 112 years of the parade existing.

Charleston, SC

If you are in South Carolina or a neighboring state, Charleston’s Holiday Parade of Boats is a celebration you won’t want to miss. The best places to catch a glimpse of this holiday boat parade are from The Battery, Waterfront Park, and Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park Pier. This event will have precautions in place for COVID-19.

San Francisco, CA

For a holiday boat parade with a jaw-dropping background of the Golden Gate Bridge, you will want to attend the Lighted Boat Parade at Fisherman’s Wharf. With the current climate of the year, the parade may not be happening. However, we recommend you keep it on your list for 2021!

Destin, FL

Another holiday boat parade in Florida, the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade is a Christmas tradition for many. See Santa and fireworks, as boats make their way around the Gulf of Mexico. The parade is scheduled for December 13th at 6 pm but may change with the conditions of the coronavirus.


Our experts at Marine Diesel Specialists wish you a safe and happy holiday season. If you are spending more time out on the water these days, we are here to keep your boat running in tip-top shape. If your vessel is due for a marine engine repower or rebuild, we have you covered. Our team provides top-quality parts, service, maintenance, and repairs for MAN engines of all sizes. As factory-authorized MAN service and parts providers, we’re ready to install and maintain your MAN engine. Contact our team today to learn more about our services. With MAN authorized service and parts facilities in Fort Lauderdale and Punta Gorda, we’re ready to care for your vessel. Call today!