Boat Parade, Saturday, February 13, 2010 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Join the fun at the 14th annual Mardi Gras-Goodland boat parade! This year’s theme is Advertising. Pick any idea that relates to products, their slogans, jingles or commercials, or the celebrities, sports figures or cartoon characters that endorse them and decorate your crew and boat to depict it. Boats of all sizes and shapes are welcome. Extravagance is not required and the emphasis is on fun.
Proceeds will be donated to Avow Hospice, Inc., and will be used to support services provided by their Marco Island office. Hospice is a program of health care that provides comfort and support to terminally ill persons and their families, primarily in the home. As a not-for-profit organization, Hospice relies in part on community efforts such as this. Funds are raised from registration fees, t-shirt sales, raffles and auctions.
Each of the Goodland restaurants will offer food specials. There will also be live music and special events at various island hot spots. In addition, spectators are welcome to picnic and watch the parade from the grounds of the Pink House Motel, where volunteers will be selling hot dogs and soda. Those coming by boat will be able to dock, dine and watch the festivities at Stan’s, the Little Bar, The Old Marco Lodge or the Marker 8 restaurant. To view the parade by boat, anchor as close to the mangroves as possible between the Goodland bridge and marker R10. Grand Marshal Stan Gober will lead the parade, which starts at 2 p.m. at marker G15 near Moran’s Barge Marina. The boats will take a turn through the Goodland Harbor (now officially designated Buzzard’s Bay South) and then circumnavigate the island ending at the Coon Key Marina.
For more information call Elaine Ritchie at (239) 642-8356, or visit our
web page at www.mardigrasgoodland.com.