Alafia River Boat Parade Rules:
All boats must pre-register. ONLY pre-registered boats will be eligible for judging and prizes. Boats are allowed to be in the parade, but will not be eligible for prizes if they are not registered.
You will be given your boat parade number signs at sign-in on the river at the 301 bridge. It is mandatory that you display the boat number clearly for the judging on both sides of the boat, you will be passing the judges twice, once on the way to the Diddy from 301 bridge in front of the civic center dock and again on the way back down the river on our way to River’s Edge Bar & Grill.
Prizes are to be determined.
All boat participants must assemble on the west side of the Highway 301 Bridge in the water by 5:30 p.m. You should be launched from Williams Park boat launch by 4:00 pm in order to make it to the 301 bridge in time for the parade. Those that are not launching from Williams Park need only to check-in with the lead boat at the 301 bridge on the Alafia to get your number. If you are competing, you must pre-register with our lead boat captain, Michael Broussard, so as to expedite the process at the 301 bridge. The parade starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. While staging the parade order, boats must stay toward the middle of the river until the balance of the boaters are ready.
All vessels must remain in the same order throughout the parade. The boaters tend to zigzag from shore to shore. Please continue to follow the boat in front of you. No stopping or passing is allowed except where indicated by the lead boat. If you should have motor trouble, pull over to the side and our lead boat will assist you. All vessels must remain at idle speed and remain at least 4 boat lengths apart in line as numbered. VHF Channel 68 will be monitored for your assistance.
The parade will procede up the river, 15 min past the civic center (not to the diddy) and then return back down the River and on to River’s Edge for the award ceremony/after party. All winners will be contacted by the Rotary Club at River’s Edge; winners must be present to win.
PLEASE DO NOT THROW ANYTHING FROM YOUR BOAT, INCLUDING CANDY.
No rain date has been scheduled. This is an outdoor event so please use good judgment in the case of bad weather. No refunds will be issued for bad weather.
Boats will be judged by select dignitaries of Riverview and based on creativity, theme and overall appearance. The FishHawk-Riverview Rotary Club will not participate in the judging.
Kimberly Tyson, Co-Chair
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