STX Boat Parade Returns After Two Years

A decorated boat at the boat parade. (Diana Dias photo)

The nonprofit St. Croix Boat Parade, Inc. returned to the Christiansted waterfront on Saturday as thousands of people gathered for one of the most anticipated events of the season.

Boat waiting for the St. Croix Boat Parade to begin. (Diana Dias photo)

Lit-up boats cruised through the Christiansted harbor as crowds looked on and cheered. Santa Clause arrived via dinghy to greet the crowd and hand out candy canes. After the show, the sky lit up with a firework show.

St. Croix Boat Parade fireworks. (Diana Dias photo)

In addition to the parade, the event welcomes shoppers to come to Christiansted town early to get their holiday shopping in.

Boats waiting on the boat parade to start at Gallows Bay dock. (Diana Dias photo)

Twenty-two years ago, a group of St. Croix boaters got together and decided to give a gift to the people of St. Croix for the use of the beautiful waters surrounding their island. The crowd has grown from a couple of hundred to 7,000-plus.

A lighted boat heads into the sunset. (Diana Dias photo)

The goal of the event is to bring the people of St. Croix together to celebrate the start of the Christmas holiday season and to support charitable children’s organizations.