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. For more details on this year’s event as they become available, see 2023 Holiday on the Harbor & Boat Parade of Lights.

There is no entry fee to participate in the Boat Parade of Lights! Please submit your form by December 9th!

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. 

Line up for the Parade will be around 6:00-6:15 pm with a starting time shortly after. Exact information will be provided at the Captains’ Meeting.

Mandatory Captains’ Meeting
Boat captains participating in the parade are required to attend an afternoon meeting where they will receive their assigned boat entry number and instructions for the parade line-up. The time of the Captains’ Meeting will be announced by the Safety Captain and entries will be informed. The date and location for the meeting will be communicated to you the week of the festival.

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.  The event is also funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

If you would prefer to download and print the registration form, you can find it here: 2023 Boat Parade Registration

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, 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.