As dusk fell on Key Colony Beach’s 7th Street canal, a line of nearly 20 boats lit the night as they processed down Sadowski Causeway in the city’s annual boat parade on Dec. 11. From a festive kayak pelting judges and spectators with “snowballs” to large cabin cruisers and commercial pontoons, all sizes of vessels competed for top honors in one of the Middle Keys’ most anticipated events of the holiday season.
“It was simply spectacular,” said parade organizer Ted Fischer, who extended special thanks to the Key Colony Beach police department and United States Coast Guard for their support in managing the parade.
AND THE WINNERS ARE…
Best Overall – “Izzy Rose” by Bud Fernandes
Class Awards – 30 Feet and Under
Best in Class – “Holiday Time” by Steve and Denise Decrow
Brightest – Key Colony Beach Marina – Capt. Jay Ward
Most Creative – Coco’s Boat Rentals
Most Spirited – “Jelly Fish Kayak” by Sydney Owen
Class Awards – 30 Feet and Over
Best in Class – “New Beginnings” by Ilene B. Clark
Brightest – “Vicious Cycle” by Paul Lebo
Most Creative – Two Conchs Island Touring
Most Spirited – Marathon Mermaid
Photos by ALEX RICKERT/Keys Weekly