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Boat Parades

Sailboat decorated with Christmas lights

Christmas Boat Parade

The RYC Annual Christmas Boat Parade will be held Saturday, December 10, 2022, starting at Sundown (approximately 5:30p). The Parade starts at the RYC docks and goes around Rockport Harbor.

Parade Info: Decorate your boat for Christmas and come join in the fun. The parade is open to any boat of any size. No entry fee. Prizes to be awarded for best decorated Sailboat as well as Power Boat. Registration forms available at the Club or on the Club website. ( ) or at the skippers meeting.

Skipper meeting on Saturday, December 10 at 9:00am at the Rockport Yacht Club.

Attendance at the Skippers is mandatory or contact Bill Coxwell (361-463-1193) for instructions.

Awards will follow the parade at The Rockport Yacht Club.

Parade Viewing: Great viewing from anywhere around Rockport Harbor

Please download the Registration form by clicking here.

Fireworks over the water

July 4th Boat Parade

Rockport Yacht Club will be sponsoring the annual boat parage to be held on Monday July 4th, 2022. LIne up at 11:45 A.M. in Little Bay Key Allegro Marina Area. Parade stars when the horn blows at noon.

The parade proceeds through Little Bay to Leggett Chanel – then will repeat, and go back to the marina. All Boats are welcome to join. No size limitations. Come show your spirit, fly your flags, and show off your boat! No registration needed.

The annual boat parade provides an opportunity for kids and adults to see the many regional boats dressed for the parade. We encourage boaters to invite friends and neighbors to ride on your boat during the parade. We also suggest that you bring blankets and chairs to better enjoy this fun event from shore! Come join us on a boat or on the shore line at Rockport Beach to enjoy remembering why we celebrate this famous holiday.

Water balloons are strictly forbidden!

In past years boaters and spectators threw water balloons at each other. Fragments of the balloons fell into Little Bay, creating a water hazard for wildlife in the area. Animals such as sea turtles are particularly at risk because latex fragments are easily mistaken for jellies, one of their natural foods, blocking their digestive tracts and causing starvation. Balloons are also the #1 hazard among marine debris causing death in seabirds.

Fragments of balloon found in the stomach of green turtle
Fragments of balloon found in the stomach of green turtle

(Retrieved from
A swimming turtle with a balloon in its mouth and seagulls fighting over a deflated balloon in the water
Balloon hazards to wildlife
(Ocean Conservation Society, Retrieved from

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