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Schooner Wharf Bar/Captain Morgan Lighted Boat Parade

Calling All Boaters

Schooner Wharf Bar is once again proud to present the 18th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar/Captain Morgan Lighted Boat Parade. This favorite holiday maritime event will take place on Saturday, December 13th at 8:00 p.m. in the Key West Bight and Harbor.

The Gerald Adams Elementary School Steel Your Heart Band kicks off the festivities at 6:00 pm with a set of holiday tunes and standards on stage at Schooner Wharf, followed by the high energy Robert Douglas Band with their great danceable songs.

The boats come very close to the docks at Schooner Wharf to give the viewers and the judges a good look at all the creative, imaginative holiday decorations. You can sip on your favorite holiday drink such as Swedish glogg, hot apple jack or eggnog, while watching this magical display of holiday spirit and listening to the hot sounds of the best music the island has to offer.

This year’s cash awards and prizes total over $20,500 in value, and thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, are even more spectacular than last year’s gift awards. Twelve Winning Places will be Awarded!!! There is plenty of incentive for our island’s creative mariners.

All participating boats that did not place will be entered in an impressive $4,000 Raffle which include Great Prizes from West Marine - Downtown and Stock Island, the Mel Fisher Family, Water Sport Adventures, Dining Gift Certificates, Schooner Wharf Bar Tabs, Bottles of Captain Morgan Rum and Much MORE!!!

The Captains’ Meeting will be held Friday, December 12th at 8:00 p.m. on the upper-deck of the Schooner Wharf Bar, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and libations to celebrate the season..

The Schooner Wharf Bar/Captain Morgan Rum Lighted Boat Parade is a big family affair for Key West and the Florida Keys; parade participants and spectators on the docks watching the parade feel as if they are part of one big family. Decorations on the boats are plentiful and very imaginative. The always popular 34’ S/V Independence with Mike & Peggy Bankester placed first last year with a “HO HO HO and a Bottle of Rum” theme. The determined Independence crew won first place in 2001, third place in 2002, and 2nd place in 2003. First time participants the 65’ Catamaran, Party Cat with Captains Greg Johnson and Donny Kirkpatrick took second place with Santa’s Sleigh Ride. Capturing the coveted third place was the perennial crowd favorite the 25’ Cuddy Cabin Miss Quin Key captained by Del and Marge Ashburn. The Ashburns and friends delighted the judges as well as the crowd with their 20 foot spinning Key West Christmas Ornament.

Past years have seen the Grinch, lighted pelicans, sea horses, manatees, gingerbread men, Santa’s sleigh, menorahs, and doves of peace. Who can forget Santa climbing up the fireplace on a mast, or the wonderfully lit 30-foot art deco angel in the rigging? Dancing candy canes and gaily wrapped gifts, toy soldiers and full choirs and steel bands grace the decks throwing candy and beads to the delight of spectators. It’s an unforgettable magical night, a definite highlight of the holiday season.

The best viewing is at Schooner Wharf Bar, where the judges’ stand is located and at the Lighted Boat Parade Party at Conch Republic Seafood Co. It’s time to hang mistletoe from the mast and string lights on the rigging. All interested parties please contact (305) 292-3302.


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Life in Key West revolves around the water---so does Christmas!

The days are getting shorter and the breeze in the air means only one thing----it’s almost time for the 18th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar/Captain Morgan Lighted Boat Parade.

The famous nautical parade is Saturday, Dec. 13th at 8 p.m., but the clock is ticking for entrants to conjure their best holiday ideas and start stringing lights on the rigging. Dec. 12th will be the Captains Meeting.

Join the fun and enter your boat in this community marine event. Parade your vessel bedecked in beautiful lights and your festive holiday spirit. Vessels of all sizes – kayaks, dinghies, fishing vessels, sailing ships, private yachts and charter boats – are welcome.

The procession starts from the Key West Bight at the Historic Seaport and by Schooner Wharf Bar where the judges’ stand with local dignitaries will be located. The route then continues along the harbor.

Captains: more than $20,500 in prizes are up for grabs this year for the 12 winning places – but everyone is a winner and Captain Morgan will have a gift for each boat. There is a $4,000 Raffle which includes Great Prizes from West Marine - Downtown and Stock Island, the Mel Fisher Family, Water Sport Adventures, Dining Gift Certificates, Schooner Wharf Bar Tabs, Bottles of Captain Morgan and Much MORE!!!

Entry forms are now available, and the $25 registration fee will help ensure a safe parade for all. A Captains’ Meeting will take place Friday, December 12th on Schooner Wharf Bar’s upper deck with complimentary Yuengling beer, Captain Morgan Rum Punch and Schooner Galley hors d'oeuvres.

For more parade information, call Evalena or Sheree at 292-3302.


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For more information, do not hesitate to call Evalena or Sheree at 292-3302

MEDIA: Contact Barbara K. Wright at 305-296-7182 for more information




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