66 boats set boat parade record as holiday spirit takes over Palm Coast
by: Sarah Ulis
An unprecedented 66 boats will participate in the 2021 Palm Coast Holiday Boat Parade on December 18 at 6 p.m. Presented by the Palm Coast Yacht Club, the parade is recognized as the largest parade of boats of any kind in Central Florida. Organizers believe this is the largest community boat parade in the entire state.
December 18 will be named Palm Coast Holiday Boat Parade Day in a proclamation issued by the current Mayor of Palm Coast, the Honorable David Alfin. This year, the parade will be dedicated to the memory of the Honorable Jon Netts, who passed away in 2021. Netts served as the city’s second mayor for two terms. Netts is remembered not only for his leadership during a critical period of Palm Coast’s growth, but also for his passionate management and encyclopedic knowledge of the Intracoastal and the city’s waterways, as well as his active support of the Parade, now in its 38th year.
For the third year, the parade will be broadcast live by KOOL-FM, 100.9, starting at 6 p.m. The show, from Canopy Walk Park, will be co-hosted by Palm Coast’s Priscilla Netts, “The Queen of Jazz” Linda Cole, and Flagler Broadcasting General Manager David Ayers. The show’s sponsors are Greg Lynn Jewelers, Coastal Cloud and Blinds by Jason.
Parking is available at Waterfront Park which will be open to spectators and near the European Village for viewing along St. Joe’s Walkway and Canopy Walk.
The parade will be escorted by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, TowBoat US and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Departing from Cimmaron Basin, the parade will pass by the Tidelands, Marina Cove, the Hammock, Yacht Harbor Village and Palm Coast Legacy Vacation Resort. It will then pass under the Hammock Dunes Bridge along St. Joe’s Walkway and Canopy Walk, pass through Island Estates, Waterfront Park and Grand Haven before dispersing at the Clubhouse Waterway.
Compulsory registration for boaters is free. Entry forms and parade details are also available on the Palm Coast Yacht Club website at www.palmcoastyachtclub.com and on Facebook. The rainy date is December 19. Official notice of any parade status changes will be posted on the Palm Coast Yacht Club website by 4pm on December 18.
The Palm Coast Yacht Club started the town’s popular tradition in 1985 and has sponsored the official parade every year since except 2020. The club offers a wide variety of social activities for boaters and non-boaters. The Club was established in 1979 and welcomes new members every month.