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Boat Parades

Water balloons are strictly forbidden!

In past years boaters and spectators threw water balloons at each other. Fragments of the balloons fell into Little Bay, creating a water hazard for wildlife in the area. Animals such as sea turtles are particularly at risk because latex fragments are easily mistaken for jellies, one of their natural foods, blocking their digestive tracts and causing starvation. Balloons are also the #1 hazard among marine debris causing death in seabirds.

Fragments of balloon found in the stomach of green turtle
Fragments of balloon found in the stomach of green turtle

(Retrieved from
A swimming turtle with a balloon in its mouth and seagulls fighting over a deflated balloon in the water
Balloon hazards to wildlife
(Ocean Conservation Society, Retrieved from

July 4th Boat Parade

Sailboat decorated with Christmas lights

Christmas Boat Parade

The RYC Annual Christmas Boat Parade will be held Saturday, December 16, 2023, starting at Sundown (approximately 5:30p). The Parade starts at the entrance to Rockport Harbor and proceeds into and around the channels of the harbor.

Parade Info: Decorate your boat for Christmas and come join in the fun. The parade is open to any boat of any size. No entry fee. Prizes to be awarded for best decorated Sailboat as well as Power Boat. Registration forms available at the Club or on the Club website (Christmas Boat Parade), or at the skippers meeting (Parade Registration & Skippers Meeting).

Skipper meeting on Saturday, December 16 at 9:00am at the Rockport Yacht Club.

Attendance at the Skipper's is mandatory or contact Bill Coxwell (361-463-1193) for instructions.

Awards will follow the parade at The Rockport Yacht Club.

Parade Viewing: Great viewing from anywhere around Rockport Harbor

Sponsored by: Jolly Roger Dive Services

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