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Festive lights, friends & family at the FMB Boat Parade

The temperatures may feel like summer, but the holiday festivities have certainly arrived in Southwest Florida. And what holiday season would be complete without the annual Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade? This year marked our fourth year in attendance and second year as Salty Sam’s residents. It’s such a fun and festive reason to invite our friends and family to Blue Turtle for a holiday party to watch the parade.

With the parade being held earlier this year (on Dec. 1st ), we had to clean the boat and hang our lights the weekend after Thanksgiving. With our boat lights done, we were ready to party.

Blue Turtle all lit up for Christmas
Randy and Corey next to Blue Turtle the day of the parade
A wiener dog reindeer stands perched on our anchor

As we waited for friends and family to arrive on parade day, I walked the marina to take a few photos of several groups of people in the process of decorating their boats for the parade. These folks go all out on the lights and decorations and every year I’m impressed with the new additions. As I was walking I came upon the El L Sea crew decorating the beautiful sport fishing boat. Owners Lawrence and Leslea (who follow our blog) introduced themselves to us. It was so great to finally meet them after connecting on Facebook many times. With the sun going down, the marina lit up with many colors of holiday lights.

Such creative holiday decorations on these boats
Adding last minute lights and decorations
El L Sea crew getting ready for the parade
Lawrence and Leslea of El L Sea
Christmas lights are getting bigger these days!
Leslea and Lawrence work to fasten a giant lighted tree to the side of the boat
This well-lit boat had a giant blow up minion on the front

Once our guests arrived, we watched as the boats left the marina to line up for the parade. Food, drinks and great conversation were had as we waited for the parade boats to return to the marina where we could get the best view of them. This year we heard there were 27 boats in the parade and they were all spectacular! It was a fun and festive way to welcome the holidays.

Randy and I relaxing on the bridge waiting for the parade
April and my parents catching up
Sophie gets to hang out with her Grandpa (Randy’s dad)
A gorgeous sun was setting as the parade boats left the marina
My cousin Karen and Glen
Our Snookbight neighbors and friends, Dick and Inge
My dad catches up with our cousin Don and his wife Cathy
My sister and I (with my closed eyes) enjoyed a plate of food on the bridge
Randy and I with our Sophie reindeer
The Shark Bar and Grill represented their establishment well
The Sea Racer tour boat was deck out and had gorgeously lit dolphins on the front
This boat had a message to parade goers
Another view of the Sea Racer
The Goodtimes Charters boat was decked out with tons of lights
This boat had a Christmas tree and toy soldiers
Santa and a snowman led this boat back to the marina

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