Patchogue’s annual Christmas Holiday Boat Parade is all set for Sunday, Nov. 24, on Patchogue River.
It’s estimated that 5,000 people will make their way to the riverfront for the regionally popular event.
Here’s everything you need to know before joining them:
• The boats, close to 30 hailing from across the South Shore, start making their way up Patchogue River at 6 p.m. (This is a rain or shine event.)
• The (free) public spots for families to view the parade include: Sandspit Park, Beach & Marina and the Davis Park Ferry terminal, the Watch Hill Ferry Terminal.
• Families will typically begin arriving to the parks around 4-5 p.m.
• There’s live music at all the public viewing locations and the restaurants. Drift 82 will once again be setting up a winter wonderland on its property. Drift is also doing a drink-the-gazebo-dry event from 1-5 p.m. It’s $40 per person for four hours of open bar.
• It takes about an hour for the boats to sail up and down the river.
• There’s no voting. The people’s choice ballots will be cast Saturday night at an Off Key Tikki preview event, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. The judges will declare Sunday’s winners in the other categories.
• Sources say the best places to catch a glimpse of will be at Sandspit Park, the Watch Hill Ferry Terminal, Drift 82 and Off Key Tikki.
• This year’s theme for the boats is “A Pirate Christmas.” The theme is optional.
• This is the 26th annual boat parade in Patchogue.
• Lastly on Friday, Nov. 22, the riverfront restaurants will be hosting their first-ever SantaCom event. Click here or scroll down for details.
Visit the GreaterPatchogue.com often for more great events.
Top: Ethan Meyer file photo from the 2018 boat parade.