Beautiful Lighted Christmas Boat Parade Winners and Photos!

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23rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade finished up in style as participants made their way from the judging area at White Sands Restaurant and Marina in Port Isabel to bayside on South Padre Island at Louie Backyard. Great weather and clear skies made the perfect back drop for the fourteen vessels ranging from a kayak to 30 ft. and over commercial vessels decorated with all the holiday trimmings.
Pictured above, \”Abby\” won in both the Overall and First Place in Power Boat 30 ft. and over categories.
Boats gathered at Louies Backyard for the Awards Ceremony following the parade. (see event photos here:
23rd Annual Boat Parade Winners pictured above are:

Commercial: 1st—“Xcape”, Breakaway Cruises; 2nd—“Isabella”, Breakaway Cruises; 3rd—“Kelley Rhae I”, Daniel Bryant, Morgan Taylor and Brad Burrows. Place Power 30’ & Over: 1st—“Abby”, Jason White; 2nd—US Coast Guard. Power 19-29’: 1st— “Wave Seeker’, Jose Casas; 2nd—“Hope It Floats”, Bill Gagan; 3rd—“Panga”, Leif Woolverton & Alana Simon. Place Power 18’ & Under: 1st—“Dugout”, David Woolverton. Best Overall—“Abby”, Jason White.

Donors to the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce Annual Lighted Boat Parade included: Seabreeze Beach Resort,
Ramada Limited,
White Sands Motor Lodge, Super 8 Motel, La Quinta, Southwind Inn, Budget Host, Flamingo Motel, Casa de Siesta, Harbor Cottages, La Copa Inn, Sandi Café & Coffee Shop, Lost Galleon, Benny By the Bay, Cece Restaurant, Pirate Landing, Manuel, Ted, White Sands, Louie Backyard, Gabriella, Isla Grand Beach Resort, The Big Donkey, Palm Street Pier, Costa Del Mar, Marcello, Lavina Natural Nail Care, Alex Avalos Printing, BayMaster, Blue Marlin Supermarket, Coleman, Hall & Heinze Insurance, Ron Hoover RV & Marine, White Lumber & Supply, Breakaway Cruises, Unum Day Spa,American Diving, Towboat U.S.,  Blue Bamboo, Purple Parrot, Quik Stop, Capt. Murphy, Southern Wave, Walgreen, Osprey Fishing Trips, Black Dragon, H.E.B., ArtSea, Ben Liquors, Breakaway Cruises and Radio Shack.
Event photos:
Sponsors: The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation and the Port Isabel South Padre Press & Parade.
Special Thanks to the Port Isabel Lighted Boat Parade Committee members!

Port Isabel Holiday Season Events Announced


Come to Port Isabel and enjoy Christmas at the Coast! Events are planned for the month of December include Community Caroling & Christmas Tree Lighting, Exhibits at the Museums, a Lighted Boat Parade & more…

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November 30 – January 4
The Museums of Port Isabel will be hosting a variety of Christmas and Holiday events beginning with a \”Christmases of the Past\” postcard display. On loan from the Brownsville Historical Association, “Christmases of the Past” will present popular images and scenes of the holiday season through antique postcards collected from members of the Rio Grande Valley community over the years. The display will be hung along the stairwell leading to the first and second floor of the Champion Building beginning on November 30th through January 4, 2009.

November 17 – January 2
Carola Art
Local artist Carol Plumb will be exhibiting some of her newest work during the holiday season. Carol’s work will consist of slightly abstract landscape paintings of South Padre Island, Boca Chica Beach, Mesquital Mexico, and the Bahia Grande region near Brownsville. Her depictions of the scenic beauty of the Rio Grande Valley area have been shown at Galleria 409 in Brownsville, Texas, and the International Show at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts.

November 30 – December 19
Take advantage of the Museums Gift Shop Holiday Sale from November 30th through December 19th. Visit gift shops at both the Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historic Museum to find something for that history or collectible buff.

December 1
Customer Appreciation Drawing. See participating businesses. Drawing will take place February 10, 2010 at the Winter Texan Appreciation Shrimp Boil. For more information contact the Merchants Committee. Glenda Stafford- 943-5095 or 433-9675.

December 2
The museums of Port Isabel will host an open house so all visitors and art enthusiasts will be able to meet the artist of the Carola Art exhibition, Carol Plumb. The open house will run from 6:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. Open to the public. Wine and hors d’oeuvres. No admission.

December 4
Join the community for our Annual City of Port Isabel Tree Lighting and Christmas Celebration
on Friday, December 4th at at 7:00 p.m. The City of Port Isabel will host its annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Celebration in front of the Historic Champion Building. Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church Chorus will perform traditional Christmas music and members of the community are invited to participate in Christmas caroling and Christmas karaoke. Children are invited to meet with Santa Claus, and youth of all ages can create their own unique Christmas cards. Both the Port Isabel Historical Museum and Treasures of the Gulf Museum will be decorated in holiday trimmings and open to the public for viewing. No admission.

December 4 – 19
\”Shop the Stores, Live the History\”.
Merchants are encouraged to stay open late (8:00pm) on Friday and Saturday starting December4 through December 19, 2009. For more information contact the Merchants Committee. Glenda Stafford- 956/943-5095 or 956/433-9675.

December 5
The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce will host the 23rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade. Starting at White Sands Restaurant at 6:00 p.m., decorated boats of all types make their way across the Laguna Madre Bay to South Padre Island. or call the Chamber at 956/943-2262 for more information.

December 11
The Port Isabel Historical Museum and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum will be festively decorated for the holiday season on Friday, December 11th, for the Annual Museums of Port Isabel Christmas Open House. During normal operating hours, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the public is encouraged to view the Christmas displays. No admission.

For more information about the Museums of Port Isabel Holiday Season Celebration call 956/943-7602 or email:

For more information about the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade call 956/943-2262 or email,

For City Christmas Events contact the City Secretary at 956/943-2682 or email

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade {Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce}

Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce To Host
Saturday, December 5, 2009 ~ 6-8 p.m.

Parade Application
Decorating your boat info
Parade Route

–For Immediate Release–
The 23rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. and promises to be the biggest and best yet.

The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce invites boat owners, personal watercraft owners and kayakers or anything that floats to be a part of this special event. The parade will begin at the Port Isabel City Docks and vessels will be judged beginning at 6:00 p.m. The judging criteria will include: first impression; theme; and special effects. Winners will receive a variety of prizes donated by area merchants, including gift certificates, marine items, and much more. There is no charge to enter the parade.

Boats will be competing in six overall divisions: commercial; large power boats 23 feet and over; medium power boats 18 – 22 feet and under; small power boats 17 feet and under; large sailboats 26 feet and over; and small sailboats 25 feet and under. The U.S. Coast Guard will serve as lead vessel with Towboat U.S. bringing up the rear. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony scheduled to be held Saturday, December 5.

The parade will begin immediately following judging at the White Sands Marina. It will continue to Anchor Marina and around to Pirate’s Landing and then circling to Sea Ranch II at Southpoint and Long Island Village. Weather permitting, the parade will continue to South Padre Island with optimum viewing at locations that include Louie’s, Amberjack’s, Wahoo and Fisherman’s Wharf. Ten bonus points will be awarded to vessels completing the route to Louie Backyard on South Padre Island.

Boat captains or their designated representatives are required to attend a meeting at the White Sands Restaurant at 4:00 pm on the day of the event. Boat numbers and last minute instructions will be given at that time. Boats will then rendezvous at the Port Isabel City Docks and surrounding areas by 5:30 p.m.

More information regarding the 23rd Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade may be obtained by contacting the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at 943-2262. The event is sponsored by the Chamber and the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, Port Isabel / South Padre Press & Parade, White Sands Motel, Restaurant and Marina.