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Update: The Christmas boat parade is a go, despite the wind

Great Places | A record day for the Christmas Holiday Boat Parade

Update: The Christmas boat parade is happening, as planned, in Patchogue, the organizers have determined.


Original Post: Patchogue’s annual Christmas Holiday Boat Parade pushes off Sunday evening, Nov. 20, on Patchogue River.

Here’s a few things to know before heading down:

• The boats, nearly 30 hailing from across the South Shore, start making their way up Patchogue River at 6 p.m., but parks open at 4 p.m.

• The (free) public spots for families to view the parade include (click for maps and directions): Sandspit Park, Beach & Marina, the Watch Hill Ferry Terminal and the Davis Park Ferry Terminal.

• Families will typically begin arriving to the parks soon after 4 p.m.

• Riverfront restaurants open for the parade include (click for websites): The Oar Steak & Seafood Grille, Off Key Tikki, Harbor Crab Co. and On the Waterfront.

• There’s live music at all the public viewing locations and the restaurants, with food trucks typically at Sandspit.

• It takes about an hour for the boats to sail up and down the river.

• There’s no voting. The people’s choice ballots are cast Saturday night at an Off Key Tikki preview event, which is not a parade though some of the lit boats are docked at the marina there. The judges will declare Sunday’s winners.

• This year’s theme is a Southern/Country Christmas. The theme is optional.

• This is the 23rd annual boat parade in Patchogue.

• Depending on the weather, it’s estimated up to 5,000 people make their way to the riverfront.

• This is a rain-or-shine event.

• Greaterpatchogue.com will be riding aboard Salt Talk out of Brookhaven.

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Photos from the 2015 boat parade taken by Michael White

About the author: Michael White

Michael White is a Bellport resident, longtime newspaper reporter and editor, and the owner of greaterpatchogue.com. Email him your story ideas or tips: mike@greaterpatchogue.com