Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021
Location: American Legion Post 273
600 American Legion Drive
Madeira Beach, FL 33706
The Legion will be open to the public that day
Time: Ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. Boats will begin the parade when the ceremony concludes
For more details – or to register your boat, CLICK HERE
In 1996 a small group of patriots from American Legion Post 273 in Madeira Beach started a small boat parade on the Saturday closest to Veterans Day.
Boat captains decorated their boats with military-related and patriotic-themed decorations – and prizes were given for those voted as “best.”
What started out years ago as a unique way to utilize our local canals and waterways to honor our Veterans has turned into a prominent fundraiser that now assists our local veteran community
25 Years later, that parade has turned into a year-long celebration that includes participation in – and sponsorship of – numerous events — and the parade itself has grown to the point that the residents of Madeira Beach and Treasure Island, along with folks from neighboring towns, flock to the waterways on parade day to honor and cheer on the boats as they pass by!
All the events are designed with the same goal of raising money to help veterans. It’s our way of saying “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE”
Proceeds from our many annual fundraisers go directly to local Veteran charities and help groups.
All these efforts are made possible by a group of dedicated and tireless volunteers who organize and run these events.
The fundraising efforts are further aided by a wonderful group of business sponsors who want to show their appreciation to our veterans. With their help and financial support, we are able to provide assistance to those who served to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. Please give them your business to thank them for their support.
We are supporting the Madeira Beach Fire Department’s Day of Remembrance ceremony by having a flotilla in the canal by the memorial.
If you’re interested – join us at the entrance to the canal (at the northwest end of the Tom Stuart Causeway bridge) no later than 8:30 a.m. Rodger will lead the flotilla – and we will anchor boats in the canal.
Speakers will be set up on the seawall so we can hear the ceremony.
We respectfully ask that there be NO POLITICAL MESSAGING on your boat. Patriotic flags, first-responder support, etc. is encouraged.