IN PICTURES: KEY COLONY BEACH LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

“Colorado Magic” by Ron Teke is the Brightest and Most Colorful winner in the 30 feet and under category.

Electricity and water usually don’t mix. Unless, of course, it’s the Key Colony Beach boat parade. On Dec. 12, dozens of cars lined Sadowski causeway and the canals of KCB to witness the city’s annual lighted boat parade. The 2021 contest featured 15 boats ranging from a 10-foot kayak (whose operator pelted the crowd with snowballs like Buddy the Elf) to 45-foot catamarans and cabin cruisers all putting on their best show for the panel of judges. “What a wonderful parade,” said event organizer Ted Fischer. “The boats were all just incredible, and the community was truly the overall winners of the event. 

THE WINNERS’ CIRCLE

Best Overall – “Ricochet” by Dennis and Linda Turner

Best in Class, 30 feet and under – “Snowflake” by Jim Stewart

Best in Class, over 30 feet – “New Beginnings” by Ilene B. Clark

30 feet and Under Awards – 

Brightest and Most Colorful – “Colorado Magic” by Ron Teke 

Most Creative – “Plum Crazy” by Jennifer and Greg Garner 

Most Spirited – “Grinch” by Sydney Owen 

Over 30 feet Awards – 

Brightest and Most Colorful – “Izzy Rose” by Bud Fernandez 

Most Creative – “Vicious Cycle” by Paul Lebo 

Most Spirited (and loudest, by far) – “Marathon Mermaid” by Angela Tizzano and John Strama

Photos by ALEX RICKERT/Keys Weekly

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Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.