The parade takes approximately two hours, with the boats playing Christmas carols and one boat had a choir on board.
Many residents of Indian Rocks Beach host their Christmas parties on this evening and guests, sporting formal to casual wear, line balconies, back gardens, docks and bridges as they cheer for their favourite boat.
This barrier island community has 5,000 home owners. It is estimated that 75% of the homes on the inter-coastal waterway host a party on this special evening.
We were guests at the home of Tricia's who provided a delicious menu of gumbo soup, coconut shrimp, hot Cuban sandwiches, key lime pie and key lime iced cookies.
We watched the parade around an open chimera fire.
Prizes are awarded to the boats for best in category.