St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade
17th Annual St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade
P.O Box 24831 Christiansted, V.I. 00824
Boat Parade Date December 10, 2016
Sponsorship for the 2015 St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade.
Roughly fifteen years ago a group of St. Croix boaters got together and decided to give a gift to the people of St. Croix for the use of the beautiful waters surrounding their island. The parade had between four to twelve boats decorated with lights driving through the Christiansted Harbor and around Protestant Cay and was attended by one to two hundred people. In 2004, this committee was formed to help organize the parade and promote it. We now have from twenty one to twenty five boaters participate in this event excluding the support groups (i.e., U. S. Coast Guard, U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, DPNR, National Park Service, VIPD Blue Lighting), The crowd has grown from a couple of hundred to five thousand plus! The organization is made up of all volunteers. We became a non-profit 501 C 3 organization in 2011. EIN: 66-0768243 .
The goal of the event is to bring the people of St. Croix together to celebrate the start of the Christmas holiday season and to support charitable children’s organizations. After each parade donations are made to various children’s organizations such as Toys for Tots, Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, Jr. Achievement, and Luv Kids. An added benefit to the event is we are bringing tourists in who are specifically booking their holiday for the event.
In addition to the parade itself, we have events on the boardwalk starting at 12:00 P.M. drawing people to the event earlier for shopping and enjoying the holiday music. Santa even comes in by dinghy to greet the crowd and hand out candy canes. Just before dusk, Seaborne Airlines adds more excitement to the event with a flyby to kick the Boat Parade off. As the seaplanes land, you can see the lighted boats lining up to start the parade. (You need to know that all of our boaters do this event from their hearts and their own pockets. It’s their Christmas gift to St. Croix!) As the last boaters disappear behind Protestant Cay the grand finale starts with a sky lit up in a spectacular fireworks show!
All of this said. It takes a lot of volunteers and money to put this event on. With the loss of Hovensa and the down economy, we are asking for your support in keeping this event one of St. Croix’s biggest and finest events.
If you have any questions regarding this event please feel free to contact me or you can go to our secure website: stcroixchristmasboatparade.com and contribute using PayPal. Checks can also be mailed to:
P O Box 24831 GBS
Christiansted VI 00824
Thank You for your Support!
Sal Sanpere Trish Rhodes
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