Venice, Florida

The 35th Annual Venice Christmas Boat Parade sets sail this Saturday, Dec. 2 in the Intracoastal Waterway. Boats get underway at 6 p.m.

The parade starts just north of the Albee Road bridge. There are public viewing areas on the Gulf side of the waterway and restaurants opposite, as well as near the Historic Train Depot and along the Venetian Waterway Park trail. The parade continues down the Intracoastal and out to the channel marker in the jetties, weather permitting, before turning around. Viewing is available on both sides of the jetties in this area. If you are coming by boat there are plenty of spots along the way to drop anchor (please refrain from parking in the parade route). As the parade continues south there are miles of public viewing on both sides of the Intracoastal. Parade turn-around is before the Circus Bridge. ***Please see attached route map

Remember to get there early. If you are new to the area, take a look a few days before the parade for that special spot; there are no bad locations. Remember for Venice island, when the 2 north bridges go up, the Circus Bridge remains down for vehicular traffic only. This remains in effect until such time that the 2 north bridges are reopened to vehicular traffic.

A couple reminders about early chair setup and parking restrictions in the Marina Park & Boat Ramp area (near the Historic Train Depot):

No early setup of chairs and blankets by spectators prior to 5 p.m. in the red zones pictured in the attached #1 graphic.

No parking before 5 p.m. along the entrance and exit to Marina Park, highlighted in red in the attached #2 graphic.

Please help make the parade a smooth-running event for the event organizer and boat captains participating! Thank you for your understanding and cooperation

For additional information, please visit You can also contact event organizer Joe Zgrzepski at or 941-718-8644.



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