Participate in the 10th Annual Hillsborough River Boat Parade this Saturday

Decorate your boat and join the fun: Paddlers can easily use a few battery operated strings of lights, available at stores like Home Depot. New 20 light LED sets cost just $6 & run on 3 AA batteries. Or rig a regular battery to power any light display you can put on your vessel. Get creative!


Join the event: Saturday, December 19th. Lowry Park Boat Ramp, upriver past River Tower Park (aka Sulphur Springs Tower) to Nebraska Avenue. Meet at 5:30 at Lowry Park boat ramp. The parade begins at 6:00. The tide will be high at 5:30, so everyone's boat will safely float. Paddlers will lead the parade, followed by power boats. The parade takes about 1 hour, leaving the rest of your evening free.


Celebrate the magic of living in a city with a tropical river flowing through its neighborhoods. Celebrate the restored health & beauty of the Hillsborough, Tampa Bay's nursery, thanks to the dedication of citizens & scientists. Plan now to be part of the holiday fun.


Contact Friends of the River: 813-237-8497, or email: [email protected]

Be a part of Tampa's best holiday event, the 10th Annual Hillsborough River Boat Parade. This community tradition is sponsored by the volunteers of Friends of the River and is open to anyone with a boat, whether you have a canoe, kayak, or any type of power boat. Enjoy a magical evening on the beautiful lower Hillsborough as we glide upriver past decorated docks and the lit Sulphur Springs Tower to end at the historic Harbor Club at the Nebraska Ave. bridge.

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