Boca Ciega Yacht Club

2022 will be the 37th Annual BCYC Christmas Boat Parade!

Thank you ALL for a wonderful 2021 Parade!

...and in the meantime, please visit our wonderful sponsors to say THANK YOU!

  • A Friend Who Bakes
  • Backfin Blue Café
  • Beauty Café Hair Salon
  • Caddy's Bar & Grill
  • Gulf Coast Seafood
  • Gulfport Beach Bazaar
  • Gulfport Comfort Café
  • Hurricane Eddie's
  • Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club
  • Island Nautical
  • Let it be Ice Cream
  • Little Tommie's Tiki
  • Magnuson
  • Masthead
  • Mildred Maloney Flowers & Events
  • Neptune Grill
  • O'Maddy's
  • Pasadena G&C Estate
  • Pasadena Y & CC
  • Paw Paws
  • Pia's Trattoria
  • Sea Dog Cantina
  • Seafarer Marine
  • Smokin' J's Real Texas BBQ
  • Spiro's Marketplace
  • Stella's
  • Stella's Sundries
  • The Breeze Waterfront Café
  • Tow Boat US TB

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!

Boats will begin to gather in  the bay around 5:30 pm. At 6:00 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 heading to Gulfport's Williams Pier and the beach, passing by the Gulfport Casino. We make our way through the communities of Town Shores, Pelican Bay, Skimmers Point, Bayview Circle, past Kipps Colony, near the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club (please note, that due to the Marina, we can only get halfway down that canal), then along Dolphin Blvd, to the Pasadena Golf Club Estates, across to Isla del Sol, and then we will head back to our slips.


~ Save the Date! ~

December 17, 2022

at 6:00 pm

Registration for 2022 will open in November '22

Mandatory Skipper's Meeting (all captains) is on

TBD at TBD at the BCYC Clubhouse

Donation of Toys for Operation Santa may be dropped off at the clubhouse beginning in November 2022


Meet our 2021 Santa!!

Paul Ray

Council Member for Ward 3

But it's about more than fun and merriment!

Skippers need only a simple fee to enter the parade - 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 over 20 years!

Toys may be dropped off at the clubhouse (boxes will be available 11/19 and on).

If you have any questions, or would like to become a 2021 parade sponsor, please contact, Jenn Buckley at We would love it if you would help us to continue to support these sponsors when doing your 2021 holiday shopping!


Information for Boat Skipper's

Mandatory Skipper's Meeting: Friday, ___TBD___ @  6:00 pm IN PERSON at the BCYC clubhouse.  This will also serve as the Skipper Check-in where each skipper will pick up a numbered sign, zip ties, and a light to be affixed to the STARBOARD side of their boats. You can also drop off your Boat Entry "fee" at the same time.

Please respect those wearing masks and social distancing protocols will be in place.

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. Supermarket gift cards are also welcome.

Prizes: Prizes will be 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


AGREEMENT TO ASSUME RISK AND HOLD HARMLESS: in consideration of being permitted to participate in the BCYC Christmas Boat Parade, and being fully knowledgeable of the risks while boating, I agree to hold harmless BCYC and the City of Gulfport, their officers and the event committee in the performance of their duties from any and all damages, losses, claims, suit, actions, expenses or liabilities which may directly or indirectly arise from my participation in the Christmas Boat Parade.


About the Post Parade Party

This year's post-parade party is for members and invited guests only and will be a straight-forward, traditional potluck event - where everyone is asked to bring a little "something" to the party! We're looking for a mixture of appetizers, entrees, sides, salads, and desserts. (to assist with planning, we recommend a dish with 6-8 servings)

Please plan on the party to start about 8:30pm and there will be several gallons of hot, mulled cider on hand (also sometimes known as "wassail") with rum on the side!


Check out 2020's Boat Parade Video!

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Boca Ciega Yacht Club‎
Latitude 27° 44' 21.0552'' N
Longitude 82° 41' 44.7252'' W
4600 Tifton Drive South   Gulfport, FL 33711

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