MARCO ISLAND — Eighteen festively decorated boats cruised a 6-mile route along Marco Island’s river, creeks and bays Saturday evening as hundreds of people watched from along the shore.
Everybody had their particular favorite vantage point.
Some chose the marshalling area near the Marco Island Yacht Club.
Others preferred the traditional locations, such as the traditionally raucous and appreciative Snook Inn.
Yet others viewed the parade from private homes.
Carol Rosasco, along with dozens of other spectators, chose the Yacht Club, where a setting sun bathed the boats in a soft, golden light.
“It’s a perfect vantage point because it’s slow enough to appreciate all the boats, and you can see just how much work the owners put into them,” Rosasco said.
Abigail Timmerman, 5, enjoyed tagging along with the parade in her dad Jim’s boat.
“It’s different, doing it this way,” she said. “It’s really nice.”
The parade brings the flurry of pre-Christmas activities to an end on Marco Island, with Dec. 25 just five days away.
Marco Island’s boat parade followed others recently held in Southwest Florida, from Naples to Bonita Springs, as part of the region’s holiday tradition.