Boat Parade of Lights Registration

The Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce together with the City of Carrabelle invites you to join us for the  Annual Boat Parade of Lights which is open to anyone who wants to participate. We hope you will join us for what has become a favorite holiday event not only for the Carrabelle community but for much of the Forgotten Coast.  Please remember this is a family-friendly event and we ask all our participants to refrain from “excessive celebrating” until after the awards ceremony.  The parade will be monitored by law enforcement for safe boating practices.

There is no entry fee to participate in the Boat Parade of Lights!

The Course
The boat parade takes a circular course on the Carrabelle River which begins at the Old Flour Docks at the end of Marine Street, continues up the river to Tillie Miller Bridge, and then turns downriver to return to the starting point. All entries must complete the entire course before leaving the parade line-up at no-wake speed.  Please display vessel number in a location that is clearly visible to the judges.  (May surround, but not cover with lights, please.)  Judges may be located at the Marine Street Pavilion, Fathom’s Steam Room, C-Quarters Marina, or The Moorings Marina, so feel free to pirouette to show your display to the best advantage.  Entries may also want to call out vessel number to those on shore to assure judges are able to score properly.

Line up for the Parade will be at 6:15 pm with a starting time of 6:30 pm.

Mandatory Captains Meeting- 3 pm Saturday at C-Quarters Marina
Boat captains participating in the Parade are requested to attend a meeting where they will receive their assigned boat entry number and instructions for the parade line-up.

Monitor VHF Channel 18. Be sure you have all safety equipment on board including extra life vests for visitors onboard. It would be a good idea to have extra electrical fuses for inverters and on-board generators. Inverters which plug into a cigarette lighter or connect directly to a battery can be purchased from area retailers at a nominal cost to power decorative lights.

For Information Contact:
Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce at (850) 697-2585 or email

We have a variety of sponsorship levels available, please contact the Chamber if you would like to participate more fully through one of our sponsorship levels.  The Boat Parade of Lights and Holiday on the Harbor is hosted by the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, The City of Carrabelle CRA, Tow Boat U.S. and WOYS Oyster Radio 100.5 FM.  The event is also funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

Release of Liability:
It is expressly understood that all participants in the parade enter at their own risk and that the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, their officers, and directors and all persons connected directly or indirectly with operations of the parade, or any sponsor of the parade shall be exempt from any liability for slander, loss, damage, negligence, harm, injury, or death suffered by any participant, their companions, boat captains, mates, crew members, guest, vessels and equipment which may occur during the parade.

Submitting the Entry Form:
By submitting the entry form, the participant(s) agrees to follow the parade rules and that the parade and/or its sponsors may use without payment or restriction any photographs in which he or she appears for any purpose whatsoever but not limited to resale, advertising, commercial or promotional material. All participants are required to sign their entry blank for as certification that they have read and agreed to abide by all rules and the above liability release.