Thursday, December 01, 2011

Boat Shows and Boat Parades Happening Now

There are boat shows happening in Florida, France, Louisiana, boat parades all over the world, and more...

A view of the St. Petersburg Show. Photo Copyright Show Management

Did you miss our boat show report last week? Obviously with Thanksgiving, there weren't many boat shows to mention except for a couple of events outside the U.S. Today's post is completely different, with boat shows in four locations that you would definitely enjoy, and boat parades all over the world...

By the way, now that it's December, you may feel like you're too busy to attend a boat show with all that you have to do for the holidays. Well, if you have any other boaters on your shopping list, we hope we can make your life a little easier with our Daily Boater Holiday Gift Guide, featuring several nautical gifts from Daily Boater contributors and partners, all available for less than $50 and delivered in time for Christmas.

Okay, now that we've bought you some time, let's take a look at this and next week's boating events...

St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show (St. Pete, Florida)
This show, which takes place today through Sunday in St. Petersburg, Florida, claims to be the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast. We'd love to be there, so if you're on the Gulf Coast of Florida, we recommend you stop by the show and let us know how what you think.

International WorkBoat Show (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Sorry recreational boaters, but this one's for marine industry insiders only. The "biggest commercial marine tradeshow in North America" (according to the show's website) is happening through this Friday (12/2/2011) in New Orleans.

Paris Boat Show
You could call it the Paris Boat Show, or you could sound sophisticated and call it Salon Nautique International de Paris, but either way you should be there this Saturday (Dec. 3) through Sunday the following weekend (12/11/11) if you want to see the boats in the City of Light.

Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Asia's biggest and most popular regatta (or so says the event website) kicks off this weekend in Thailand.

Antigua Charter Yacht Show
Lastly, this one doesn't start until Monday, Dec. 5, but it is worth mentioning. The 50th Antigua Charter Yacht Show runs through Saturday the 10th.
Boat Parades

There are too many to mention, and we didn't want to leave anybody out so we won't try to list them all here, but here are a few....

If you are attending the St. Petersburg boat show, you won't be far from the Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade happening Saturday evening. Virginia also has its Hampton Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday. Lake Havasu City, Arizona, hosts its London Bridge Yacht Club Boat Parade of Lights on Friday and Saturday this weekend. And Destin, Florida, holds its Holiday on the Harbor Destin Boat Parade on Sunday, 12/4/11. We have these and a few other boat parades in our boating events calendar, but there may be more parades near you . Try a GoogleNews search (enter the phrase "boat parade" and the name of your town or closest port city), or contact your local seaside town or marina.
Event Details, Directions, and More
As always, there are more details about most of these events - including links to the official websites - on our calendar of boat shows. If we missed an event in this article or on our calendar, please comment or post it on the Daily Boater Facebook page.


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