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Community First Jacksonville Light Boat Parade
11/29/2014
Downtown Riverfront
2 Independent Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Free
Start the holiday season with family and friends along the banks for the St. Johns River as captains and crews showcase their enchanted vessels and our beautiful river at the Community First Jacksonville Light Boat Parade.

Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.
Downtown Jacksonville Riverfront
(Northbank and Southbank)


Gator Bowl Sports, the City of Jacksonville, and the Light Boat Parade Committee invite residents and visitors to line the banks of our majestic river for the 2014 Community First Jacksonville Light Boat Parade! This annual event transforms the beautiful St. Johns River into a dazzling winter wonderland as boats adorned with lights and decorations captivate your imagination!

 

Calling all boaters!

This is your chance to be a part of a Jacksonville tradition. Help us light up the St. Johns River by participating in the 2014 Community First Jacksonville Light Boat Parade. Showcase your vessel to more than 200,000 parade spectators and create memories that will last a lifetime. The parade is open to vessels of all shapes and sizes. Click here to read the Boater Information regarding parade categories, judging, routes, safety rules and regulations and more.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

 

Holiday Fireworks Spectacular

Following the 2014 Community First Jacksonville Light Boat Parade, fireworks will be set off from two river barges located in front of The Jacksonville Landing and Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. The signature "waterfall" fireworks will be set off from both sides of the Main Street Bridge.

"I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the beautiful light parade and fireworks on Saturday night. The fireworks were incredible. I have lived in Jacksonville a very long time and I think they were the ABSOLUTE BEST I have ever seen. You all do a great job putting all of this together for our city." -Chrispruiti21

 

Premier Viewing Areas

Watch the show from both sides of the St. Johns River. Pack your blankets and chairs and take advantage of premier viewing areas along the river. Premier viewing areas include Friendship Fountain Park on the Southbank as well as The Jacksonville Landing and along Coastline Dr. on the Northbank. Vendors will be in these locations offering food, drink and merchandise for purchase.


Parade Route

The 2014 parade will begin at Metropolitan Park, travel along the Northbank past The Jacksonville Landing to the Fuller Warren Bridge. The boats will then circle to the Southbank and continue along the Southbank to the Duval County School Board Building. The boats participating in the parade will make two laps of the route.
 

Street & Bridge Closures

Pearl St. from Water St. to the St. Johns River
Close: Friday, 11/28 at 8 a.m. - Sunday, 11/30 at 10 a.m.

Hogan St. from Water St. to the St. Johns River
Close: Friday, 11/28 at 8 a.m. - Sunday, 11/30 at 10 a.m.

Sister Cities Rd. from Hogan St. to the cul-de-sac
Close: Friday, 11/28 at 8 a.m. - Sunday, 11/30 at 10 a.m.

Coastline Dr. from The Jacksonville Landing to Newnan St.
Close: Saturday, 11/29 at 5 - 10 p.m.

Eastside lane and sidewalk of the Acosta Bridge          
Close: Saturday, 11/29 at 10 a.m. until the fireworks have been cleared (4-5 hours post show)

Westside lane and sidewalk of the Acosta Bridge
Close: Saturday, 11/29 at noon until the fireworks have been cleared (4-5 hours post show)

Westside lane and sidewalk of the Main St. Bridge
Close: Saturday, 11/29 at 2 p.m. until the fireworks have been cleared (4-5 hours post show)

Eastside lane and sidewalk of the Main St. Bridge
Close: Saturday, 11/29 at 4 p.m. until the fireworks have been cleared (4-5 hours post show)

**Bridges will remain closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic from the time specified until the firework show clean-up is complete.

Event Information

For general event information or questions about participating in the 2014 Community First Jacksonville Light Boat Parade, please call (904) 630-3690 or e-mail events@coj.net.

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