Each boat links to an interactive volunteer coupon to livestream and interact with viewers and compete against other boats. Spectators can search for and choose any boat during the parade and anytime after parade day. This lets boaters have fun and fund raise in the months after the parade anytime they are on their boat. For the parade, boats are organized into groups and proceed together at a parade speed of about 3 mph. This boat parade is a true parade that frequently stops and starts all together and is not a poker run by individual boats!
You can get in line to be a guest, crew, captain or play interactive live streamed games with any boat. The limited spaces are based on first come or in Pirate style by bribing the Bootymaster of any boat. If you are a spectator your place in line is similar to lining up for a ride or game at a fair. On Saturday May 18, you will have to check in one more time to confirm your place in line and you will be given your starting time and position.
The boat parade is free but to be part of our world record attempt, you must complete the free online parade training and safety requirements. Boats with rehearsed and livestreamed skits, games and decorations are given a priority over boats with no preparation or decoration. “First come” is the general rule for our limited spaces.
A group has 30 boats. We will have a maximum of 100 groups for the parade. Look at the top middle boat, it has a red “1” for group one.
The top 3 boats (10, 20 & 30) are squad leaders. There are 10 boats in each squad and 3 squads in a group.
The boats following each squad leader are numbered 1-9 the same as a phone pad. Squad leaders to the port and starboard of the Group leader follow his speed and maintain a safe distance for their squads.
May 19, 2024 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, approximately Mary Alice Park to the main channel
- Each boat keeps 20′ away from any other boat in all directions while traveling in the parade and has fenders out. All boats must have one captain and one crew member. The crewmember is the lookout and handles communication by cellphone, visual and sound signals
- The 3 squad leaders in each group stop or start their squad when the squad ahead stops or starts.
- Group Leader boats must have 3 people, Captain, lookout and communications
- The parade starts by crossing a line between BR7 and BR6 and heading east to towards the main channel
- The parade ends by crossing a line between BR1 & BR2
- Boats continue at parade speed and direction until they cross a line between 3 & 4, then travel any north or easterly direction for 30 more minutes at parade speed. This is necessary to clear the parade exit and to minimize wake for the rest of the parade.
- If each row takes up 200′ of space and travels at 3 mph, 80 rows or 240 boats are possible each hour. This may range from 100 to 400 boats per hour depending on the size of boats and number of parade stops and starts.
- The parade length is almost 2 miles. It will take boats approximately 30 minutes staging, 30 minutes in the queue, 45 minutes to travel the route, another 30 minutes to clear the area. (2 hours 15 minutes plus travel time to staging)
- Group leaders for each group of 30 boats are given a staging number and approximate time to stage. This allows for no-shows and last minute entrants and groups to cross the starting line when they are fully formed with 30 boats and are ready.
- The group leaders staging number changes to a parade number once they cross the starting line. All boats update their position number based on the Group leaders parade number.
- The group leader determines where to form up in the staging area and communicates to the squad leaders
- The squad leaders communicate to the 9 boats in their squad
- The group remains in the staging area until they have 30 boats in their group
- The group can make last minute substitutions in the staging area for boats not showing up or having problems
- The group leader decides when his group is ready to enter the queue
- The group leader signals Parade Command they are ready to enter the queue
- Parade Command signals when to enter the parade queue
- Groups in the queue advance “next in line”
- When the group crosses the starting line, they are given their sequential group number
- The staging area is anything west of a line drawn from 8BR to 7BR
- The queue area is south of line from 5LI to 1LI
- All group leaders refer to an updated staging schedule