There’s a holiday boat parade in Wellington, and you could be part of it


There’s something uniquely Florida about a holiday boat parade. With vessels adorned in brightly colored lights and decorations, boaters cruise bodies of water to celebrate the season.

But while hundreds of people flock to holiday boat parades in Palm Beach County’s coastal communities, few know of the one on Lake Wellington -- an issue the event’s organizer hopes to remedy.

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“It’s funny, some people don’t even know Lake Wellington is there,” Jack Brownson said.

He wants to see more boats on the water for this year’s event, which begins about 6 p.m. Dec. 16, with boats staging behind the Wellington Community Center about 5:30 p.m. Last year drew about 20 boats, and Brownson’s goal this year is to have at least 30 boats bobbing through Lake Wellington’s water just after sunset on what he hopes will be a crisp, breezy evening.

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Brownson doesn’t mind what kind of boats participate, as long as they adhere to Lake Wellington’s strict no-motors rule. 

“We don’t care what you have,” he said. “Pontoons, jon boats. We have some people with kayaks. We want them all.”

Brownson lives on Lake Wellington in the Sunset Point neighborhood. He had a jon boat until about a year ago, when he upgraded to a pontoon boat with an electric motor. He said he’s seen people get creative with their boat decorations, and he would love to see them step it up this year. 

“Maybe it can become an annual event people look forward to,” Brownson said. 

For more information, email Brownson at jbrownson@comcast.net.


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