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City of Jacksonville Lights the River with Annual Light Boat Parade

November 18, 2022
The City of Jacksonville is excited to announce the return of one of the city’s most beloved traditions, the annual Jacksonville Light Boat Parade. The parade is back to light up the St. Johns River on Nov. 26 beginning at 6 p.m. and will feature boats of all shapes and sizes. The evening will wrap up with one of the best fireworks displays featuring “waterfalls” off the Main Street and Acosta Bridge.
“My family and I look forward to this every year, as do so many other families throughout Jacksonville,” Mayor Lenny Curry said. “This year, we are once again expanding the experience with The 904 Pop-Up. A market that offers something for everyone. So not only is this a great way to get into the spirit of the season, you can also knock out some of your holiday shopping by buying from local vendors.”

The Jacksonville Light Boat Parade vessels will float along the St. Johns River beginning at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel and follow the Northbank Riverwalk to under the Fuller Warren Bridge. The parade will then cross to the Southbank and follow along the Southbank Riverwalk to the Duval County School Board building.

Spectators can view the parade from the North and Southbank Riverwalks, including Riverfront Plaza, where the event will feature The 904 Pop Up from 4:00pm - 9:00pm. The 904 Pop Up will be curating Jacksonville's Largest Small Business Saturday event of the year, featuring over 200 local creatives, makers, artists, and more.

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