2017 Christmas Afloat: Lighted Holiday Boat Parade Returns

06 Dec 2017 Faith Henley
Tuscaloosa’s Christmas Afloat returns to the water on Saturday, Dec. 9. The annual holiday event is viewable from both shores of the Black Warrior River. Tuscaloosa’s Christmas Afloat returns to the water on Saturday, Dec. 9. The annual holiday event is viewable from both shores of the Black Warrior River. Ken DeWitt

If you’ve ever wanted to view a Christmas parade on the water, now’s your chance. On Saturday, Dec. 9, the community can enjoy the annual Christmas Afloat parade. The recreational boating club Pirates of the Warrior will host its annual lighted Christmas parade. 

The Christmas Afloat event begins at 5:45 p.m. near the McFarland Boulevard bridge. Boats will travel down the Black Warrior River, ending near the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. In years past, the event featured a firework show funded by community donations. This year, Pirates of the Warrior is again taking donations, via a GoFundMe page. 

Pirates of the Warrior / Bama Navy: Boat Alabama is an organization of citizens who promote safe boating and recreation along the Black Warrior River. Christmas Afloat began as a yearly tradition in 1990, and was brought back in 2015 after three break years.

Christmas Afloat is not only family-friendly, but also free for the entire community to enjoy.

To donate to the fireworks fund for Christmas Afloat, visit gofundme.com/2017-fireworks-for-christmas-afloat. 

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