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Annual Downtown Jacksonville Light Boat Parade Is Saturday

City of Jacksonville
Spectators will see dozens of boats decorated for the holidays Saturday night in the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville.

The city isn’t letting the demolition of The Jacksonville Landing interrupt its Downtown holiday traditions.

The annual Downtown Jacksonville Light Boat Parade on the St. Johns River will be held as usual, although spectators who used to flock to the Landing and its courtyard will have to find new spots to view it, because of the demolition zone

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There are plenty of other vantage points along the Northbank and Southbank, including Friendship Park.

Vessels of various shapes and sizes with hulls lit and decorated make their way up and down the St. Johns River in a loop of Downtown.

This year’s parade will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. It will be followed by a Downtown fireworks display that the city describes as “one of the best fireworks presentations around.” 

The fireworks display will include "waterfalls" of fireworks off of the Main Street and Acosta bridges.

The boat parade has been a holiday tradition for more than 30 years, according to the city. 

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.