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Lighted Boat Parade

lightedboat_200Welcome to the homepage of the Annual Charlotte Harbor Lighted Boat Parade - crossing the harbor.  This year, the 26th Annual Parade set sail on Sunday December 13th 2015 around 6pm. There are two free decorating seminars to help give you vital information on how best to decorate your vessels in a cost-effective manner. Hosted by the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, they will take place on November 21st (9am) and December 7th (7pm) at the Civic Association on Shreve Street, Punta Gorda. Call 941-637-1655 for times and further details.  

Thanks to all the boaters for putting on a spectacular show in 2014.

This year promises to be even bigger and better than EVER before, thanks to the support and partnership of FISHERMEN'S VILLAGE and The Captain'sTable/Harpoon Harry's.


Every year, this parade attracts huge crowds to Charlotte Harbor and we strongly suggest that you view the attached route map  and select the best viewing area for you and your family very carefully. Each year the route changes, due to the tidal nature of our waters and to protect the safety of both particpants and spectators alike. Plan to arrive early and enjoy this very festive occasion.

The best viewing spots are Edgewater Lake in Charlotte Harbor, Fishermen's Village (West side dock) and the Isles Yacht Club  (Fee $15.00 for private party which includes $5 bar credit)) The attached route map will give you estimated times of arrival of the parade at each stop. For further details, please call the Punta Gorda Chamber on 941 639 3720.

If you are a boater and want to join the party, we've made it even EASIER for 2015. Registration is FREE.  If you want to do the complete route (which we encourage), you will start in Edgewater Lake on the north shore and cross the harbor in parade format starting around 6pm (Stage 1). For those, uneasy about the harbor crossing at night, why not join us at Stage 2 (the entrance to the Isles Yacht Club channel) and join the parade from there. Any questions, call us 941 639 3720. We've tried to make this as easy and safe for everyone as possible. 


Please don't forget to thank our sponsors of this event. Our Partners in Action located on our homepage as well as our event sponsors (listed below) are hugely important to the success of this event and we encourage your patronage of their businesses in particular!

2015 Parade Route

Boat Parade Registration Form 2015

2015 Sponsors Lighted Boat Parade on the Peace River

Main Event Sponsors:  Fishermen's Village and Captain's Table / Harpoon Harrys

Co-Sponsors:   All Marine Canvas, iHeart media, Charlotte Sun

This parade, now in its 26th year, runs in parallel to the Punta Gorda Isles Rim Canal Parade, which also  takes place each year on the Saturday night before Christmas Eve, presented by the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association. The 2015 parade will set sail on Saturday 19th December at dusk. For full details and to register, please click here



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