The Indian Rocks Beach Homeowners Association and the IRB Boat Club host the annual Indian Rocks Beach Lighted Boat Parade on the last Saturday before Christmas; in 2010 it was held on December 18th. This is one of IRB's best events. Prizes for the boats total nearly $3000.
The boats line up at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Harbourside and at 7 p.m. proceed north. There is no registration fee for boats and no fee to watch!
IRB has an annual Christmas Parade on the streets of the beachfront town. The parade takes place on a Sunday about three weeks before Christmas. It consists of probably 100 vehicles, scooters, golf carts, floats, and firetrucks. The parade seems to go up and down every significant street in IRB, and the locals along the route sit out in chairs, and even set out toilets to catch the candy, beads, and other odds and ends tossed by the parade people.
The parade is put on by local business people and representatives, as well as Santa Claus who shows up riding in an old fashioned firetruck.
One of the best things in Indian Rocks Beach at Christmas is the annual Lighted Boat Parade. It starts at the Holiday Inn Harbourside, then heads north under Indian Rocks Bridge and through the fingers of Indian Rocks, ending south of Belleair Causeway. The parade is usually held the Saturday before Christmas, starting at 7 p.m. Other nearby towns with Christmas boat parades include Lake Tarpon, Madeira Beach, Indian Shores and Redington Beaches.
We also enjoy the decorations on the telephone poles along the side of Gulf Boulevard.