|See more photos of previous Flotilla participants here.|
Boat parades are big part of holiday celebrations along coastal communities, and the annual Pleasure Island Christmas Flotilla is no exception. The flotilla means gathering together along the banks of the basin with friends and family watching fishing boats, pontoons, sail boats, and the like light up the waterway as part of the 25th annual Island of Lights celebration. And now is your chance to be part of the action.
Registration is now open for the 2016 Christmas Flotilla to be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Carolina Beach Boat Basin. Fishing boats and pleasure craft registered will compete for prizes in several categories: category 1 for boats over 24’, category 2 for boats 18’ to 24’, and category 3 for boats 17’ and under. There is also a special Judge’s Prize—Best Overall. A panel of judges will be on hand to choose the winners, awarding $400 to the Best Overall, $300 to the first place winner in each category, and $150 for second prize in each category.
Design a decorative theme of lights and holiday accouterments like candy canes, snowmen, stars, Christmas trees, or palm trees that will amaze and delight the spectators who line up to see this coastal Christmas tradition. How about adding some special guests like Santa and Mrs. Claus or some elves to entertain the masses. Take it high-tech or keep it old-school. Your limited only by your imagination.
The parade route runs from Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. Residents and visitors alike will line up along Carolina Beach Boat Basin to cheer on the creatively decorated vessels as they cruise the Intracoastal Waterway.