Join us for the 2023 Illuminated Boat Parade presented by the Port of Corpus Christi! On Saturday, December 2, the Corpus Christi bay lights up with dozens of decorated and lit water vessels of all shapes and sizes! 
The parade kicks off around 7:30 p.m. and lasts through 8 p.m. but the public is invited to take a seat on the seawall and enjoy food trucks, pop-up vendors, and live announcements by local TV station personalities from 6-9 p.m.
The event is free to attend and welcomes all ages. Pets welcomed, but not recommended.
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Downtown Corpus Christi is a premier holiday destination for family and friends during the 2023 holiday season! Help us light up the Corpus Christi Municipal Marina with holiday cheer by participating in the Port of corpus Christi’s annual Illuminated Boat Parade on Saturday, December 2nd. Boats of all shapes and sizes can take part in the parade and have a chance to take home one of the boat parade titles and cash prizes.

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  • All participants must submit a registration form.
  • Décor must be colorful and coastal. 
  • This is NOT a same-day decorating competition. We suggest decorating 1-2 weeks prior to the boat parade but MUST be completed by 5pm on Dec 2nd.
  • Boat Captains must attend the Skippers meeting on Saturday, December 3rd at 10:00am at the Yacht club. 
  • The first 10 visiting participants to sign up will receive complimentary slips for any 2 days: 12/1 & 12/2 OR 12/2 & 12/3. *Only for participants who do not already have a slip in the Municipal Marina. 

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  • Registration deadline: Friday, November 24th
  • Boat Parade Date: Saturday, December 2nd
  • Skipper’s Meeting: 10:00 a.m. at CC Yacht Club
  • Boat line-up: 7:00 p.m. at Marina
  • Boat Parade & Judging: 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
  • Award Ceremony & After Party: 9:00 p.m.


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  • Powerboat – $500 prize
  • Sailboat – $500 prize
  • Commercial Boat – $500 prize
  • Best of Boat Worlds* – $1000 prize 
    • *Applies to boats participating in BOTH the illuminated boat parade and the La Posada Lighted Boat Parade. Winner will be honored at the first City Council meeting in 2023.



2023 Illuminated Boat Parade Registration Form

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Select Your Category (can choose multiple)*
Years of Participation*
Are you also participating in La Posada Boat Parade on Saturday, December 9, 2023?*
Boats who participate in both boat parades also enter to win this category.
Do you have a boat slip in the Corpus Christi marina?*
This is not required to register. If no, Downtown Management District will provide a temporary slip.
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