Boca Ciega Yacht Club

2020's 35th Annual BCYC Gulfport Christmas Boat Parade

Each year, BCYC members and members of the general public come together to spread holiday joy by decking the hulls and heading out on Boca Ciega Bay to parade the BCYC way!



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Boats will begin to gather in  the bay around 6:00 pm. At 6:30 pm, the Gulfport Police boat will call the boats together to line up, and will then lead the parade. We start at the Gulfport Municipal Marina and pass by the BCYC clubhouse on our way out into the bay. Next we head to Gulfport's Williams Pier and the beach, passing by the Gulfport Casino. We make our way through the communities of Town Shores, Skimmers Point, Pelican Bay, past Kipps Colony and the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, then to the Pasadena Golf Club Estates where holiday parties wait for us to pass by. Then we will head back to our slips.


Download the 2020 boat parade map


But it's about more than fun and merriment! Participants need only a simple fee to enter - two (or more!) unwrapped toys for Operation Santa. Operation Santa, coordinated by the Gulfport Police Department, collects toys for the children of Gulfport whose holidays would not be as cheerful without the generosity of the community. Boca Ciega Yacht Club is proud to have been part of Operation Santa for 20 years!

2020 has been an especially hard year on everyone and this year, due to Covid-19, we have to do things a little differently. BCYC is encouraging all its members, guests, and extended family to donate to Operation Santa. Toys may be dropped off at the clubhouse (boxes will be available 11/10 and on).


This year, BCYC is going to turn the tables and award each boat a gift certificate to one of our many 2019 sponsors (see list at bottom). BCYC appreciates all our past sponsors and it is our honor to return the favor by supporting them. Everyone is a winner at this event and no boat goes home empty handed - please see a list of our 2019 sponsors below. We would love it if you would help us to continue to support these sponsors when doing your 2020 holiday shopping!


If you have any questions, or would like to become a 2020 parade sponsor, please contact, Jenn Buckley at boatparade@sailbcyc.org


Post Parade Party: The decision was made to CANCEL the post parade party. This is for many reasons, all of which are due to the necessity of maintaining social distancing and other safety protocols. We know this is disappointing but we take safety seriously.


Important Info for Members: This year, we will be asking members and invited guests, who wish to view the parade from BCYC, to wear a mask AND to social distance from others (6-foot rule). This is to protect us all. The kitchen will be off-limits and no food will be set out. You may still bring food for yourselves but we are not encouraging the sharing of food.

Somehow, we will still find a way to sing BCYC's legendary rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas, possibly at a future Happy Hour!

 

December 12, 2020

at 6:30 pm

(note the time change!)

Please pay attention to the details - this year will be very different!




Click here for boat registration


Mandatory Skipper's Meeting will be at 12:00 pm on Saturday, December 12th

via Zoom


Donation of Toys for Operation Santa may be dropped off at the clubhouse







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Information for Boat Skipper's...


Mandatory Skipper's Meeting: Saturday, December 12th @ 12:00 pm via Zoom (link to register for this meeting will be in the confirmation email)

Skipper Check-in: All skippers (or a member of the crew) may pick up a numbered sign, zip ties, and a light on Friday afternoon (Dec 11th) or on Saturday (Dec 12th). You can also drop off your Boat Entry "fee" at the same time. Times will be coordinated to avoid crowding at the clubhouse.


Boat Entry Fee: Two (or more) unwrapped children's presents OR a check made out to "Operation Santa", the City of Gulfport's annual toy drive.


Prizes: Prizes will be awarded (i.e., mailed) directly to the skipper of each boat after the parade.


If you have any questions, please contact parade chair Jenn Buckley at (813) 323-5852, or email boatparade@sailbcyc.org.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this years' 34th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade! Due to the wonderful generosity of our boat captains, local neighborhoods and businesses, and our own members, we filled six large boxes with toys and were able to give Operation Santa a total of $775 in cash!


In addition to all that, our local businesses provided donations for the boat prizes that totaled $4,800 in gift certificates, goods, and services! It was a very merry Christmas indeed!


Please check out all our wonderful sponsors who are listed here. Please remember to thank them when next you visit them!


And thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this year's parade so incredibly successful! Without you, this would not have been possible!


2019 Parade Sponsors

 

4Fitness

https://iam4fitness.com



 

Addicted to the Bean

https://addictedtothebeanfl.com/

   

Gulfport Beach Bazaar

https://www.gulfportbeachbazaar.com/

 

Boat US

http://towboat.us/


 

Bo-Tiki

https://www.botiki.com/
 

Caddy's

https://www.caddys.com/

 

CD Roma

https://www.cdromas.com/

 

The Deck Restaurant

https://thedeckbarandgrille.com/

 

Essential Elements

https://essentialelementssite.com

   

Florida Orchestra

https://www.floridaorchestra.org/

 

Gulfcoast Seafood

https://www.gulfcoastseafoodfl.com/


 

Gulfperk Coffee Bar

Facebook Page



 

Gulfport Casino Ballroom

https://mygulfport.us/recreation/casino/

 

Gulfport Cigars

http://www.gulfportcigars.com/contact-us.html

 

Gulf Club Medicine

https://www.gulfclubmedicine.com

 

Harborage Marina

http://harboragemarina.com/


HomeLight

https://www.homelight.com/

 

Intentional Threads

Facebook page

 

Isla del Sol Marina

https://www.isladelsolycc.com/

 

Island Massage

https://islandmassageonline.com/

 JSA Custom Woodcrafts

JSAwoodcrafts@gmail.com

 

Karen's Flowers

https://www.karensfloristofgulfport.net/

 

Latitudes & Attitudes

https://latsatts.com/

 

Little Harbor Marina

Link to Little Harbor Marina page

 

Little Tommies Tiki

Trip Advisor Link

   

Lucky Star Salon

https://www.facebook.com/LUCKYSTARSALON/

 

McDonald's

Link to Gulfport Location

 

Magnuson's Hotel Marina Cove

https://www.marinacoveresort.com

 

MastHead

https://mastheadsailinggear.com/


 

Nava Yoga

https://www.navayogastudio.com/

 

Munch's

http://munchburger.com/

   

Neptune’s

http://www.neptunegrillgulfport.com/

 

O'Maddy's

http://www.omaddys.com/

 

Pasadena Golf Club Estates

https://33707news.com/


 

Patchington

https://www.patchington.com/

 

Perfect Copy & Print

https://www.pcpstpete.com
  Red Hot Tiki

http://www.redhottiki.com/


 

Regal Commodities

http://www.regalcommodities.com/

 

Salon Mirella

Facebook page

 

Salty Water Tours

https://saltywatertours.com/

 

Sea Shur Jewelry

https://www.seashurjewelry.com/

 

Seafarer Marine Supply

https://seafarermarinesupply.com/

 

Sea Tow

https://www.seatow.com/

 

Siri's Gourmet Burgers & Pizza

http://sirisgourmetburgersandpizza.com/

 

Skyway Jack's

https://www.skywayjacksfl.com/

   

Smokin J’s

http://smknjsbbq.com/

 

Spiro's Produce & Deli

http://www.spirospasadena.com/html/menu.html

   

Stella’s

http://stellasingulfport.com/

 

St Pete Opera Company

https://stpeteopera.org/

 

Sweetwater Kayaks

https://sweetwaterkayaks.wordpress.com/

 

Tree of Life Yoga

http://treeoflifeyoga.org/

 

Twin Dolphins Marina

https://www.twindolphinmarina.com

 

Zaiya Market

http://www.ZaiyaMarket.com




2018 PARADE SPONSORS

American Stage Theater Company

http://americanstage.org/

Bark Life

https://barklife.com/

Baytenders Oyster Bar & Steamers

https://www.baytenders.com/

BoatUS

https://www.boatus.com/

Chimney Sweep of Florida

https://chimneysweepofflorida.business.site/

City of Gulfport

https://mygulfport.us/

Florida Orchestra

https://www.floridaorchestra.org/

Free Fall Theater

https://freefalltheatre.com/

Gulfport Beach Bazaar

https://www.gulfportbeachbazaar.com/

I.C. Sharks Seafood Market

https://www.facebook.com/icsharks/

Isla del Sol Yacht Club

https://www.isladelsolycc.com/

Island Nautical Marine Center

https://islandnautical.com/

Lucky Star Salon

https://www.facebook.com/LUCKYSTARSALON/

Magnuson Marina Cove

https://www.marinacoveresort.com/

MarineMax

https://www.marinemax.com/

Neptune’s

http://www.neptunegrillgulfport.com/

O’Maddy’s

http://www.omaddys.com/

Pasadena Golf Club Estates

https://www.pyccgolf.com/

Perfect 10 a Salon for Nails

https://www.facebook.com/The-Perfect-Ten-Nail-Salon-Gulfport-Florida-503378153098730/

Pic Pac Liquors

https://pic-pac-liquors.hub.biz/

Pilot Bank

https://www.pilot.bank/

Reef Dog

https://reefdoggrooming.com/

Regal Commodities

http://www.regalcommodities.com/

Rubios

https://www.rubios.com/

Salty’s

http://saltysgulfport.com/gulfport/

Shell Point Marina

https://www.shellpointmarina.com/

Siri’s Gourmet Burgers & Pizza

http://www.sirisgourmetburgersandpizza.com/

Smokin J’s

http://smknjsbbq.com/

Stella’s

http://stellasingulfport.com/

The Dog Bar

http://www.dogbarstpete.com/

Wallace, Welch & Willingham

https://w3ins.com/

West Marine

https://www.westmarine.com/



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Latitude 27° 44' 21.0552'' N
Longitude 82° 41' 44.7252'' W
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