San Pedro’s Christmas Lighted Boat Parade Rises Again – BIGGER AND BETTER!

After an official cancellation in late November, a new group taking the reins and a Saturday night weather postponement, San Pedro’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade lined up last night and was…freaking awesome.

I arrived early…as always and stopped by Sandbar Hostel/Bar & Restaurant first to add my gift to the growing pile and to admire 176 boxes, bags, bikes and presents, all going to Ambergris kids in need.

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And then out to take some pre-pics…while still daylight.  You never know what you are going to get when the lights go out.

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Great seeing the Coast Guard at the event.  And here comes an angel!  Love it.

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The Truck Stop’s boat was getting ready…

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I made my way out to the new Palapa Bar at Wet WIlly’s Dock and stopped again.  MAN!  What a perfect night.

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The boat YOLO was filling up with a full blown cocktail party…

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Santa and an elf and a super fun crowd.

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Okay, OKAY!  Let’s get to the parade.  The sunset and the boats bobbled around for quite a while.  I was laying on a dock and took these pictures…

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Lovely angel…even her wings moved.

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And then Ramon’s Village pulled up in a stunner.  GO RAMONS!  Playing music and…well just about everything.

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And a very from the Truck Stop boat…

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YOLO looking great with all of her lights on…

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The Truck Stop pulled forward (she would be shooting off fireworks later!) and a simple but beautiful little sailboat.

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Love it!

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ACES School went with a deck of cards theme.  Super cute too.

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And then the crab!  Finally the line-up was starting (it took quite a while 🙂 )

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Here’s what the boats look like when I don’t have my camera resting on the dock.

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And the line-up…maybe 14 boats in all?

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I hustled down to Palapa Bar, where the judges were seated, to get pictures of the boats “performing”.   The beach was lined with people and golfcarts…it was like a San Pedro drive-in theater.

Ramon’s, my obsession (I took about 100 pictures) and the GRAND WINNER!

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Second place went to the beautiful angel.

Ramon’s threw out handfuls of candy to the crowd.  At least we know that they had the vote of every single kid.

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And here comes the Truck Stop…fireworks time.

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The Palapa Bar’s tubes are out – and the parade kept coming.

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Super duper fun.  I walked to Central Park and the municipal dock was packed with people.

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I hear that the crab took a dive into the sea at this point.  I MISSED IT!

Thanks SO MUCH to the organizers (you guys made this CRAZY HARD JOB LOOK EASY) – especially Brittney from Sandbar and Dee from Wayo’s and to all the boats and the volunteers…what a great great night.

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  • What a fantabulous parade! We enjoyed it greatly when we viewed it several years ago from the Caliente dock but looks like this years has about twice as many entries. Awesome!

    • I know! It was so great…last year was 7 I think so this one was REALLY good.

  • it appears that the correct committee got the job done.
    congrats !!!

  • Linda Young

    Thanx for the GREAT PIX!!! Glad the weather cooperated!!!

  • Susan

    So enjoyed these photos!