Everyone loves a good parade. It’s a great family activity and for 2016 there are so many parades to enjoy and they are all FREE.
Check out our top picks for parades around the Tampa Bay area. Locations include Tampa, St. Petersburg, Largo, Dunedin, Safety Harbor and more.
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Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6 pm
Boat Parade Viewing Party to include: live music, hot chocolate, art projects for children, and a special visit from SANTA!
Parade Route: Blind Pass Bridge in St Pete Beach traveling South to the Bayway Bridge
2. 27th Annual Tarpon Springs Illuminated Boat Parade
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 8/8:15 p.m.
The 27th Annual Boat Parade will be held on Friday, December 2nd, following Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs. Vessels will proceed down the Anclote River and into the bayous where Santa will give out treats to the children in Spring Bayou. Best viewing is from Craig Park/Spring Bayou in Tarpon Spring. Boats enter Spring Bayou between 8:00 pm and 8:15pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10 a.m.
The route from Central Ave. and 5th St. travels east to Bayshore Dr. then turns north ending at 5th Ave. N. Free family fun, bands, floats and much more will delight the spectators.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The annual Rough Riders Holiday Parade continues at Curtis Hixon Park for a festive parade and fun family activities. Activities include free photos with Santa Claus, holiday crafts, games and more.
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Morgan Street and Madison Street and travel west on Madison Street to Ashley Drive, turn north and end at Ashley Drive and Cass Street.
5. Festival of Lights & Zephyrhills Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 2-9 p.m.,
On 15th avenue, from 7th to 10 streets
The Main Street Zephyrhills Christmas Parade is the main feature of the Festival of Lights event, a fun-filled day & night for the whole family. There will be live, local entertainment at the Eiland Bandstand from 2 to 9 p.m. plus lots of food, merchandise and craft vendors to choose from at the event.
The “Polar Express” themed parade will start at 6 p.m. Be sure to stop by the Main Street Zephyrhills booth to complete a quick survey and get a free ticket for your child to enter the drawing for a free bicycle.åÊ The drawing will be held at 8:30 p.m. at the Eiland Bandstand.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 5-8 pm.
The parade will start at Williams Park and will conclude at River’s Edge for awards and a special VIP party.
7. Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting
Sat, December 3, 2016 6-9pm at Dunedin Marina/Edgewater Park
Ring in the holidays during this traditional waterfront celebration as decorated boats parade through the Marina at approximately 7pm. Enjoy holiday music and S’mores while waiting for Santa to arrive by boat and lead the countdown in the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree.
Boat Parade Route:From Marker 1 south to Dunedin Marina. Boats arrive at Dunedin Marina at approximately 7:00pm. Limited viewing along Bayshore and Edgewater Drive.
Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 4-9:00pm
Downtown Dunedin, 420 Main St.
Old Fashioned Christmas and Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 10, 4-9pm in Downtown Dunedin
Watch Santa arrive during the Holiday street parade then stay downtown for carriage rides, train rides, snow slide, kids crafts, old fashioned games, live music entertainment and snow flurries!
Parade begins at 4pm on Douglas Avenue from Beltrees to Monroe. Event Site includes downtown Dunedin, along Main Street and Broadway Avenue. Free to attend.
Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 5-9:00pm
500 Bayshore Drive NE, South end of Park-North side of Vinoy Basin, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
30th Annual Illuminated Boat Parade is a great collection of boats decorated for the holidays. The event is free to view from anywhere around the Vinoy Basin.
Food and drink may be purchased starting 5p.m. Holiday Music Concert 6:00 pm. Boat Parade kicks off at 6:30 pm. Proceeds from this event benefit Rotary charities which support many non-profits in the St. Petersburg area.
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Prepare to be dazzled at this parade which averages about 125-135 individual entries. Attendance ranges from 7,500 to 10,000 so please come out early! The parade route is completely closed no later than 4:00PM, but to be safe, feel free to bring out your lawn chairs and blankets starting at 4:30PM!
The parade starts at 6:00PM on 58th Street and proceeds eastbound on Park Boulevard to 40th st.
11. Ybor City’s Snow on 7th Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 10, 2015 from 6-9pm
East 7th Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets, Ybor, Florida
More info to come.
December 10, 2016 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A Madeira Beach tradition! Festival of Lights Holiday Boat Parade is back!. Bring your chairs, blankets, and sense of wonder to the intracoastal waterway behind the rec complex, and enjoy boats of all sizes decked out in holiday finery! We start as soon as the sun goes down.
Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 10am-2pm, Parade at 4pm
Bring the family down to Corey Ave for a wonderful day of holiday shopping before the parade. Special holiday vendors will be at the Sunday Market. Shop then get a prime spot on Corey Ave to watch the parade. Food and Beverages will be available for sale. Market is from 10am-2pm.
The parade starts at 4pm from Gulf Blvd at Blind Pass heading south to Corey Ave, then east on Corey to Boca Ciega.
14. Holiday in the Harbor (Palm Harbor)
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Palm Harbor, Westlake Road & Nebraska Avenue
Community Parade Begins at Westlake Road & Nebraska Avenue at 3 p.m. and ends in downtown.
Dec 17, 2016 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
16. Safety Harbor Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Main Street – Closed from Bayshore to 9th Avenue from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Floats, old fashioned cars, Shriners, and Santa are just a few of the highlights that will be rolling down Main Street.
17. 17th Annual Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade
Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 5:30- 7:30 pm
Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard St
All boaters and paddlers of canoes, kayaks, etc. in the Tampa Bay area are invited to join in the FUN at the Hillsborough Boat Parade for Everyone! Please see the event page for details.
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