The Meridian Marina Martin County Christmas Boat Parade Is All Set To Bring Holiday Cheer
If last week's Stuart Christmas Parade wasn’t enough to get you into the holiday spirit, the Meridian Marina Martin County Christmas Boat Parade might just do the trick.
The festivities are set to kick off Saturday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m.
The parade will begin in “The Pocket,” south of Sandsprit Park, and end at the Stuart city docks. The celebration will wrap up with a night of live music at the Riverwalk Stage.
So far, there are about 20 boats registered, but organizers say they'll have a final count after the captain's meeting on Friday.
The good news is that it's not too late to join in on the fun. Registration is free, and there's a $1,000 cash prize.
Feel free to go all-out with those decorations, too. There's not really a theme, so much as just "light up and let's have some Christmas cheer," Meridian Marina representative K.C. Ingram Traylor said.
The panel of judges includes Florida Sen. Joe Negron, Martin County Commissioner John Haddox, Stuart Mayor Kelli Glass Leighton and CBS 12 reporter Jana Eschbach.
So, where's the best spot to catch the action? Ingram Traylor recommends heading downtown, where there will be a Jumbotron streaming footage from a camera on the judges' boat. But she said spectators can also catch a glimpse along the Evans Crary Bridge and at Sandsprit Park.
If you can’t make it out, the boat parade will be live-streaming the event online here.