Ever since I was a little kid I have been obsessed (and fascinated) by boats. Some kids want cars. Other kids want trucks. I wanted a boat. Why? Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I’m from Buffalo (which is in close proximity to the greatest liquid source of fresh water on the planet) or maybe it has to do with the books and models of boats that my grandparents had stashed all over their home. I’m not sure. What I am sure about is that obsession hasn’t passed away as the years have gone on. I will still spend my time sitting at harbors, watching the boats move lazily in and out of the harbor and, from time to time, I’ll even get to race on them. But, for right now most boat-owners have stored their boats away for the season, waiting for the warm weather to return. Yet, there are a few proud owners in Huntington who are going to sail one last time before the winter comes in a parade of lights that is sure to leave you mesmerized (or would be if the parade was still on). Unfortunately, the parade has been cancelled this year (much to my chagrin) but there are still some parades you can check out this holiday season. Parades like the Patchogue Boat Parade.

What is the Patchogue Boat Parade

Boat parades are fairly common on Long Island on the day after Thanksgiving so you might be wondering why you should attending the Patchogue Boat Parade. Well, if you want to kick off your holiday season on the water then there is truly no better place to go than Patchogue. With a wide variety of boats decorated stem to stern with all sorts of holiday decorations you are sure to enjoy. The parade will begin on November 22nd and will conclude on November 23rd making this a must-see attraction after Thanksgiving on Thursday. If you have a boat it’s not too late to sign up. Just follow this link to enjoy free docking and a Captains breakfast on the day of the Patchogue Boat Parade.

Can I Still Participate in the Patchogue Boat Parade Without a Boat

Yes, you can. If you’d still like to watch the Patchogue Boat Parade and participate in the festivities you can do so for free at one of the following locations.

  • Sandspit Park
  • Davis Park Ferry Terminal
  • Brightwood Street
  • Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal at Fire Island

So, please feel free to enjoy the tropical themed holiday decorations and kick off the holiday season at the Patchogue Boat Parade. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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