The Naples Holiday Boat Parade takes place on the second Saturday of December. Boaters may decorate their vessels and enter the parade. The parade attracts approximately 60,000 people who can view the small boats cruise through the canals of Naples Island and the larger vessels in the Alamitos Bay outside the island. Decorated boats compete for prizes in this popular and fun event.
On Wednesday before the parade (Saturday) the houses are judged for lights decorations. On Saturday (2nd Saturday in Dec.) the Naples Boat Parade begins at 6 p.m.
Small Boat Parade begins at 6:45 near 2nd street bridge by the Long Beach Yacht Club. The boats travel counter clock wise around the islands and enter the interior Canal by the Colonnade. At that point they travel clockwise within the canal and then exit and travel back to the Long Beach Yacht Club.
Large Boat Parade starts at 6:00 pm. The boats travel in the main body of Alamitos Bay in a clockwise circle. You can’t see the parade from any restaurants, though the closest dining is probably at Alamitos Landing. Free public parking begins at 3 p.m. at the Marina Parking Lot next to Albertson’s off 2nd Street near Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach, CA. Several groups of carolers wander around the islands by the bridges and sing to the audiences as an added bonus to the boat parade viewing.