Santa will make an appearance at the 27th Annual Lighted Boat Parade hosted by the Rotary Club of Riverview on Saturday, December 4. Blake and Mackenzie McDonald were delighted to get a photo with Jolly Old St. Nick at last year’s event.

A lighted boat parade, chili cook-off, festive music and a winter wonderland are just some of what you can expect when you attend the 27th Annual Lighted Boat Parade hosted by the Rotary Club of Riverview on Saturday, December 4, beginning at 5 p.m. The festivities will take place at the International Independent Showmen’s Association, located at 6923 Riverview Dr. on the Alafia River in Riverview.
Denise Rodriquez, of the Rotary Club of Riverview, said, “This year promises to be bigger and better for children of all ages, as we feature a Winter Wonderland and silent auction.”
Children will delight in seeing Santa Claus and getting a free photo. Adults will delight in seeing the bright lights of the showmen’s club. The event is free. Tickets to taste and vote for the best chili are $5. Vendors will also be on-hand with food, a bounce house and a rock climbing wall.
For those who wish to enter the Lighted Boat Parade, applications are available at the Riverview Chamber office, located at Boardwalk of Riverview, 10011 Water Works Ln. in Riverview, or online through Riverview Rotary at
The cost to enter is $25 per boat. Boats will be entered into two categories and prizes are available. For boats greater than 23 feet, first place wins $750 and second place fetches $250. For boats less than 23 feet, first place is $350 and second place is $150.
Chili aficionados can also enter the chili cook-off. The entry fee is $15. Applications are available at the Riverview Chamber or online through the Rotary Club of Riverview. Contestants are requested to make three and a half to five gallons of chili and bring a list of ingredients. Chili lovers can purchase a $5 ticket to taste all of the chili and “vote” for their favorite.
All proceeds from this fun, family event fund charitable activities of the Riverview Rotary. Since its inception, the Rotary Club of Riverview has been active in contributing to, just to name a few, the College Scholarship Program, sponsoring an Interact Club at Spoto High School, delivering more than 5,800 dictionaries to elementary schools and to Rotary Camp Florida.
The Rotary Club of Riverview meets every Monday at 12 Noon at The Italian Kitchen, located at 6915 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview. For more information on the club, contact Todd Blunt at or Rodriguez at or visit

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