Hol­i­day Boat-A-Long

Cape Coral Living - - Radar -

If any place does, the city of Cape Co­ral knows how to cel­e­brate the hol­i­days. The Dec. 17 Hol­i­day Boat-A-Long & Movie in the Park water pa­rade and a com­ple­men­tary fes­ti­val along the shore­line are big-league fun in the Cape, draw­ing thou­sands in dec­o­rated boats and to a series of ac­tiv­i­ties and food op­tions at the nearby Four Free­doms Park in the Bi­mini Basin district. Ex­pect a visit from Santa, as well. Be­cause of the Cape’s spe­cial ge­og­ra­phy―some 400 miles of canals sit­u­ated along the Caloosa­hatchee River―the boat­ing life has played a big part in the city’s ge­n­e­sis and progress. Cit­i­zens, in fact, first com­bined the water cul­ture and the hol­i­days in 1976,

Cape Co­ral's hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tion, light­ing the night, Santa vis­its

dec­o­rat­ing boats, kayaks and rafts with lights and parad­ing in and around the Bi­mini Basin and its canals. It was much like Vene­tian Night boat pa­rades in other parts of the coun­try; Cap­tiva Is­land holds a sim­i­lar night pa­rade dur­ing its hol­i­days. But the Cape’s Boat-A-Long that is to­day hosted by the city’s Parks & Re­cre­ation Depart­ment is much larger than oth­ers, with 100 or so boaters join­ing the conga line, plus thou­sands lin­ing the shores, en­joy­ing food ven­dors, stage per­for­mances, a free movie (A Christ­mas Story) and a visit from Santa at Four Free­doms Park. Vis­i­tors can ex­pect larger boats to rafts, each in a hol­i­day theme of lights and mu­sic. Park en­try is free.

The Cape's hol­i­day boat pa­rade is Dec. 17 in the Bi­mini Basin district.

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