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2010 Jacksonville Light Parade

Mayor John Peyton and the City of Jacksonville invite First Coast families and their guests to see downtown in a whole new light at the 2010 Jacksonville Light Parade on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 at 7 p.m. on the downtown riverfront.

Each year, the Jacksonville Light Parade casts a magical glow over the St. Johns River. This glittering nighttime procession ushers in the holiday season as the largest lighted boat parade on the First Coast.

At the conclusion of the parade, the sky will light up with one of Jacksonville’s most spectacular firework displays. Fireworks will be shot from river barges in front of The Jacksonville Landing, the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel and Metropolitan Park. The signature “waterfall” fireworks will be featured in this year’s display from both sides of the Main Street Bridge and the east side of the Acosta Bridge.

The fireworks and parade can be viewed from both the Northbank and the Southbank.  Friendship Fountain Park on the Southbank Riverfront is under construction and will not be accessible to view the parade. 

Boaters will make two laps beginning at Metropolitan Park, travel along the Northbank past The Jacksonville Landing under the Acosta Bridge to the Fuller Warren Bridge. At the Fuller Warren Bridge boaters will circle around to the Southbank down to the Duval County School Board Building. 

To ensure that spectators have an unobstructed view of the parading boats, no public docking will be permitted on the Southbank from the Duval County School Board Building to the River City Brewing Company beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.  Docking will be allowed on the floating docks on the Northbank except in areas designated for Light Parade participants.  Anchoring will be allowed in designated areas on the Southbank, east of the Duval County School Board Building. 

The Jacksonville Light Parade is open to powerboats and sailboats.  There is no limitation on size and registration is free.  The parade is limited to 100 vessels.  All registered boaters receive preferred docking for the fireworks display, reserved boat docking at Metropolitan Park and admittance to a post-event Captains’ Party. Captains and crews participating in any of the competitive categories have the opportunity to win prizes offered by the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront, the Casa Monica Hotel, Colomer USA, MarineMax, Starbucks, Sam’s Club, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, S.S. Marine Taxi, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and much more.

For more information, contact the Office of Special Events at (904) 630-3690 or visit www.makeascenedowntown.com.

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