A Spectacular Night at the 32nd Annual Schooner Wharf/Absolut Lighted Boat Parade!

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As the sun began to set on December 9, 2023, the Key West Historic Seaport and Bight Marina came alive with a dazzling display of lights, colors, and holiday cheer with the 32nd Annual Schooner Wharf/Absolut Vodka Lighted Boat Parade. The boats lit up with charm and creativity, turning the scene into a magical spectacle that captivated the hearts of locals and visitors alike.

Setting the Scene

The Key West Historic Seaport, known for its rich maritime history and vibrant atmosphere, provides the perfect backdrop for this annual celebration. Families, friends, and curious onlookers gathered along the waterfront, their faces illuminated by the glow of twinkling holiday lights strung across boats and the dock at the Key West Bight Marina.

The Parade Unveiled

The parade featured vessels of all sizes, each one transformed into a floating work of art. From sailboats adorned with multicolored LED lights to extravagantly decorated yachts, the creativity and effort put into each display were truly remarkable.

Community Spirit

One of the most heartwarming aspects of the Annual Lighted Boat Parade is the sense of community it fosters. Local businesses and residents came together to participate in this cherished tradition, showcasing their passion for the holiday season and their love for the unique maritime heritage of Key West.

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Holiday Tunes and Cheers

The sound of holiday tunes echoed across the water, creating a festive soundtrack for the evening. From classic carols to lively tunes, the music added an extra layer of merriment to the spectacle. Cheers and applause erupted from the crowd as each boat passed by, creating an atmosphere of unity and joy.


As the last boat sailed away, the 32nd Annual Schooner Wharf/Absolut Vodka Lighted Boat Parade became a cherished memory for all who attended. The event not only showcases the creative spirit of the community, but also brings people together to celebrate the magic of the season in a truly unique and unforgettable way. We hope you were able to join us this year, and if not, mark your calendars for 2024!

Finally, for more information on the fabulous restaurants, shops, watersports, and other activities happening this holiday season and all year round, visit www.KeyWestHistoricSeaport.com and www.KeyWestBightMarina.com. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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