s St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade, Inc.
PO Box 24390 Christiansted, V.I. 00824
Boat Parade Date December 14, 2019
Sponsorship for the 2019 St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade
Roughly twenty years ago a group of St. Croix boaters got together and decided to give a gift to the people of St. Croix for the use of the beautiful waters surrounding their island. The parade had between four to twelve boats decorated with lights driving through the Christiansted Harbor and around Protestant Cay and was attended by one to two hundred people. In 2004, this committee was formed to help organize the parade and promote it. We now have from twenty one to twenty five boaters participate in this event excluding the support groups (i.e., U. S. Coast Guard, U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, DPNR, National Park Service, VIPD Blue Lighting), The crowd has grown from a couple of hundred to five thousand plus! The organization is made up of all volunteers. We are a non-profit 501 C 3 organization and have been so since 2011. EIN: 66-0768243.
The goal of the event is to bring the people of St. Croix together to celebrate the start of the Christmas holiday season and to support charitable children’s organizations. After each parade donations are made to various children’s organizations such as Toys for Tots, Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, Jr. Achievement, Special Olympics, CASA and Luv Kids. An added benefit to the event is we are bringing tourists who are specifically booking their holiday for the event. In 2016 The Boat Parade donated $5000.00 to 5 children charities. 2017 was a sad year we were unable to have a parade due to 2 category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria. There is no stopping us this year it is our 20 Anniversary and our St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade will be bigger and better than ever!
In addition to the parade itself, we have events on the boardwalk starting at 12:00 P.M. drawing people to the event earlier for shopping and enjoying holiday music. Santa even comes in by dinghy to greet the crowd and hand out candy canes. The stores remain open late that evening and we also have many venders for added fun for the community.(You need to know that all of our boaters do this event from their hearts and their own pockets. It’s their Christmas gift to St. Croix!) As the last boaters disappear behind Protestant Cay the grand finale starts with a sky lit up in a spectacular fireworks show!
All of this said. It takes a lot of volunteers and money to put this event on. We have 21 committees that we have put together to make this one of the best family celebration days here on St. Croix. We are asking for your support in keeping this event one of St. Croix’s biggest and finest events.
If you have any questions regarding this event please feel free to contact me or you can go to our secure website: stcroixchristmasboatparade.com and contribute using PayPal. Be sure to like us on Facebook.
Checks can also be mailed to:
St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade
5001 Chandler's Warf, PO Box 24390
Christiansted VI 00824
Thank You for your Support!
Sal Sanpere Chairman Trish Rhodes CoChair
St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade, Inc.