The Parade start location has been moved to take advantage of the increased pre-parade dockage available, reducing or eliminating the need for dozens of boats to circle around awaiting the parade start.
All two way boat traffic has been eliminated, decreasing collision risk and the loss of boater night vision from the lighted displays on approaching vessels. Boaters can’t get lost on the new route. Elimination of 180 degree turns and reduction in 90 degree turns greatly diminishes the disconnect in the turns, reducing the opportunity for large gaps to occur.
Eliminating the double back sections of the Parade route shortens the Parade duration, reduces boater fatigue and is a tremendous benefit to the increasing number of smaller boats without on-board toilet facilities.
Boaters and their crews volunteer tremendous time, energy, capital and effort to create an extraordinary annual Christmas gift to the Community. The Saturday Night Before Christmas Eve Boat Parade is the largest annual event in the Isles, however 92% of Isles homeowners have no direct access to view the Parade. The 2017 Route doubles the viewing areas per Parade mile, and increases viewing opportunities from a total of 37 to 59, allowing those Isles homeowners not residing along the route a better opportunity to enjoy the event.