Fun Facts About the Harbor Boat Parade

By Chris Manson


This year’s event, happening Sunday, Dec. 15, on the Destin Harbor, is the 33rd annual boat parade sponsored by the Destin History & Fishing Museum. It starts at 6 PM.


“The first museum—called the Destin Fishing Museum—was located in the old Jitney Jungle, now the McGuire’s area,” says Kathy Marler Blue, Executive Director of the Destin History & Fishing Museum.


The old museum was started by members of Destin’s fishing boat family, and they started the boat parade. “I wasn’t part of the planning back in those days,” Ms. Blue tells Beachcomber—she was a member, but did not serve on the museum board at the time.


“The parade has evolved to include eight categories of boats and a total of 10 awards,” she says.


This year, Beachcomber is proud to sponsor the Charter/Commercial 31 foot and over category. Yours truly will serve as a judge for the parade, along with Drew McDowel from Schwab and City of Destin Information Officer Catherine Card.


This year’s master of ceremonies is Destin City Councilman Cyron Marler.


Land – Air – Sea Productions, who displayed great eyes during the Market Shops’ Bloody Mary Festival in November, will photograph every boat in the parade. Each registered boat will receive a picture.


In addition, our friends at HarborWalk Village will put on a big fireworks show immediately after the parade. I hope to see everyone there.


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