Boca Ciega Yacht Club

31st Anniversary BCYC Lighted Christmas Boat Parade

December 10, 2016

It's nearly here! Register now!

Skipper's meeting at 5:00 pm: Parade start at 6:00 pm. Non-members are invited to participate - sail or power. The more the merrier!

Get ready! Our 31st Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade will be setting sail on Saturday December 10, 2016. Each year, BCYC members and members of the general public come together to spread holiday joy by decking the hulls and heading out on Boca Ciega Bay to parade the BCYC way!

We start at the Gulfport Municipal Marina and pass by the BCYC clubhouse on our way out into the bay. Next we head to Gulfport's Williams Pier and the beach, passing by the Gulfport Casino. We make our way through the communities of Town Shores, Kipps Colony and the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, Pasadena Golf Club Estates and Dolphin Boulevard South where holiday parties wait for us to pass by. Lastly we visit Isla del Sol, then head back to the BCYC clubhouse for the Post Parade party.

But it's about more than fun and merriment. Participants need only a simple fee to enter - two (or more!) unwrapped toys for Operation Santa. Operation Santa, coordinated by the Gulfport police department, collects toys for the children of Gulfport whose holidays would be sadder without the generosity of the community. Boca Ciega Yacht Club is proud to have been part of Operation Santa for 16 years.

In turn BCYC depends on the generosity of our wonderful parade sponsors, who allow us to shower our participants with fun and useful prizes at the end of the parade. Everyone is a winner at this event and no boat goes home empty handed — so you can imagine it takes many generous sponsors to spread the joy around. Please see a list of our 2015 sponsors below. We would love it if you could support these sponsors when doing your holiday shopping!

Register Your Boat Now!

For spectators, spend the day at Gulfport's 8th Annual Holiday Hoopla, watch the parade and dine in Gulfport that evening!

If you would like to become a 2016 parade sponsor, contact parade chairs Don & Jen Rogers at 727-345-7544 or Barb & Jimmy Meyer at 727-430-7241 or

Entry Fee: Two (or more) unwrapped children's presents OR a check made out to "Operation Santa", the annual toy drive sponsored by the Gulfport Police Department.

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded during the Post Parade Party for all  participating boats. (You must be present to win.)

Post Parade Party: Our Post Parade Party is a potluck party for participating boats and their crew (so bring a dish to share) with holiday drinks, music, singing and BCYC's legendary rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas (hopefully, not too off-key!)

Download a parade flyer and parade route map to share.

Our 2016 Boat Parade Sponsors

Check back soon to see more and please remember their generosity with your support for them throughout the year.
We thank them!

Magnuson Marina Cove
Fisherman's Village
Florida Orchestra
American Stage
The Renaissance Vinoy
Pasadena Golf Club Estates
Essential Elements
Masthead Enterprises
ZigZag Threads
Stern to Stem Massage
Don's Marine Salvage
Perfect Copy & Print
Mermaid Bay Mercantile
Gulfport Casino Ballroom
Casino Facebook page
Reef Dog Gifts & Grooming
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Seafarer Marine Supply
Red Hot Tiki
Spiro's Restaurant & Deli

Manatees on the Bay
Manatees on Facebook

Neptune Grill
La Cote Basque Winehouse
O'Maddy's Bar & Grille
Little Tommies Tiki
Gulf Coast Seafood
Smokin' J's BBQ
Salt Creek Marina
Boca Bay Grille
Marine Supply Warehouse
Salon Mirella
Skyway Jack's
Skyway Jack's Facebook
Siri's Gourmet Burgers & Pizza
Tama A Franko, DDS
Karen's Florist of Gulfport
Publix Supermarkets
Pier 22 at Twin Dolphin
Mahaffey Theater
Gulfport McDonald's
Canoe Ecape
Isla del Sol Yacht & CC
Island Nautical
Pasadena Yacht & CC
St Pete Municipal Marina
SV Robbie Lee
Barb & Jim Meyer (BCYC)
~ Save the Date ~
Dec 2017 - TBD
32st BCYC Boat Parade!

Register Your Boat Now!

Coming to Gulfport for the Boat Parade?

Visit downtown Gulfport and enjoy Gulfport Merchant Association's Holiday Hoopla!

8th Annual Holiday Hoopla


Boca Ciega Yacht Club‎
Latitude 27° 44' 21.0552'' N
Longitude 82° 41' 44.7252'' W
4600 Tifton Drive South   Gulfport, FL 33711   (727) 321-7295

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