Captains Info


Captains meeting

  • Meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec 4th, at 6 PM.
  • Meeting location is Bobby Martin’s, 818 Marlin in Bayou Vista.
  • We will give out boat numbers. Be sure to return your boat numbers for use next year.
  • We will go over safety and procedures, and try to answer any questions you have.

Parade Procedures

  • Place the numbers on your boat where judges can see them.
  • All boats will meet by 5:45 PM in Highland Bayou in front of 159A Tarpon (near the Railroad Bridge).
  • Please swing by the dock at 159A for pictures and to check boat numbers.
  • Just before 6 PM, boats should begin getting in line behind the lead boat.
  • NOTE- Boats DO NOT need to be lined up by their number. Just line up.
  • At 6 PM, 3 air horn blasts will signal the start, at which time the lead boat will make it’s way to the Blue Heron canal.
  • As always, boats will enter each canal on the Right (Starboard) side.
  • Be on the lookout for underwater lights, diving boards, and other objects.
  • Travel a little faster than normal down the canals, but keep wakes reasonable.
  • Travel down to the end of each canal even if you do not see any lights up. We always have some folks with no lights on, but still have kids on the dock. They are very disappointed if we do not get to them.
  • You are encouraged to throw candy or beads to the crowds. Some tips include pre-bagging some candy in small bags for more weight and float ability. Be sure and bring enough and ration it wisely.
  • After the parade, everyone is welcome to the after party at John Thomas’s house. You can dock right at his house or come back by car or cart. Trophies, food, fun and more. See the Welcome page for more details. John’s is at the end of Barracuda, 285.
  • SAFETY is our first concern. Do NOT follow behind a boat too closely. Beware of the scenario where the boat in front of you loses it’s generator and suddenly has no lights. You need to have time to avoid this common situation.


2006 - Bobby Maclin. Another great year.
2006 – Bobby Maclin. Another great year.
2002 - Chris and Jenny Cotter making the show.
2002 – Chris and Jenny Cotter making the show.
2002 - Chris and Jenny Cotter accepting their award.
2002 – Chris and Jenny Cotter accepting their award.