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. 

Tuscaloosa’s Christmas Afloat returns to the water Saturday, Dec. 10. The lighted holiday boat parade will move from the McFarland bridge area to the area near the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. The event, which also features a fireworks show, will be viewable from both shores of the Black Warrior River.

If your idea of celebrating the holidays involves watching a brightly-decorated flotilla parade down the Black Warrior River, you’re in luck: Christmas Afloat will return this year. Organizers are at work now planning for the lighted holiday parade and fireworks show. 

By now you’ve likely heard that Christmas Afloat, the lighted holiday parade along the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa and Northport, is back this year. The event is set for Saturday, Dec. 19, and organizers are hoping to make it even more colorful and festive, with a fireworks show.

And that, of course, costs money. Christmas Afloat is put on by the Pirates of the Warrior boat club, and the group is taking donations for fireworks at this year’s outing. A special Go Fund Me account has been set up for donations. Click here to donate.

Christmas Afloat, the lighted holiday boat parade along the Black Warrior River, is returning to Tuscaloosa and Northport on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. The event, put on by the “Pirates of the Warrior” boat club, had been held annually since 1990, but the April 2011 tornado destroyed so many boats, a three-year hiatus was taken.

“We are proud as a Boat Club to bring Christmas Afloat back to Tuscaloosa,” said Ken DeWitt, chairman of the event. “This has long been a local holiday tradition, but our club was battered hard by the storm in 2011, and we are slowly but surely returning to our former numbers.”

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