The Boat Parade


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The Boat Parade

For many years I was a member of a men’s group known as The Gentlemen of the Garden.  We raised money for the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden and Mounts Botanical Garden.  And we partied a lot.

Mariner III

Mariner III

I dropped out a while back but retained many friends in the group.  Last week one of my friends called and invited us to join the group on the Mariner III for a dinner cruise up the intercostal waterway as part of the Holiday Boat Parade.

“Well, yes” I said.  “That would be great.  We always enjoyed the boat parade. Where is the boat leaving from and what time?”

“Five o’clock at the Palm Beach Sail Fish Club Friday night.”

“We will be there.  See you Friday.”

So, I said to Jeanette,  “If the boat leaves at five o’clock we need to be ready and leave the house at 4:15 PM  so we get there in time, so we don’t have to worry about traffic or anything.”

And that is what we did.  There was no traffic to speak of and we got  there about 4:30 PM.  A couple of the crew were stringing colored lights.  No one else was there.  The gang-plank was not in place.  Very strange.

Well not really knowing my friend.  It turned out that boarding was at five o’clock and departure was set for 5:30 PM.  Hmm.  We were the first to arrive.  We were plenty early.

Bartender setting up

Bartender setting up

Top side there were tables set up so Jeanette and I settled in waiting for others to arrive.  We spent our time watching the bartender set up his station.  And admiring the view.

boats waiting

boats waiting

There were a number of boats moored nearby waiting like us to depart.  I had not thought to bring my camera unfortunately but I did have my cell phone.  These pictures were taken with it.  I think it is remarkable.

waiting

waiting

other guests

other guests

The GOG and guests began to arrive and as the sun began to set we got underway.

Setting sun

Setting sun

underway

underway

As soon as it was dark the moon rose.  It was a full moon.

 moon rising

moon rising

Along the shore people were gathered to watch the parade of boats festooned with lights and decorations.

decorated boats

decorated boats

There were hundreds of people along the route which I would estimate was about twelve miles each way.

It was as much fun for us to see the decorations on the shore as it must have been for them to see the passing parade.

 Lit up for the holidays

Lit up for the holidays

Holiday Wonder

Holiday Wonder

We spent an enjoyable four hours drinking and dinning under the light of the moon.  Next year if you have a chance to join the parade, I recommend it.

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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