The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview will hold the 39th annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade and chili cook-off event on Saturday, December 2.

The FishHawk-Riverview Rotary is pleased to announce the 39th annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade, presented by Christopher Ligori & Associates, will be held on Saturday, December 2 from 5-7 p.m. The celebration will take place at the Riverview Civic Center, with announcements of the chili cook-off winners at the end of the boat parade and the winners of the best decorated boats at River’s Edge Bar and Grill after the parade. 

For the young and young at heart, Santa will arrive by boat and be available for photos after disembarking at the Riverview Civic Center. Children can make holiday crafts while onlookers enjoy Christmas music and the bright holiday lights of the boats in the parade. Last year, over 30 decorated and lighted boats participated in the annual event. 

In addition to the free viewing of the decorated boats, stop inside the Riverview Civic Center for the highly competitive chili cook-off. Tantalize your taste buds, sample the variety of chilis and vote for your favorite for a donation of $5. Hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and popcorn will be available for purchase as well. All proceeds from the event will fund charitable activities of the FishHawk-Riverview Rotary Club Foundation and Friends of the County Parks. 

To sponsor the event, visit FishHawk-Riverview Rotary Events on Facebook or the club’s website to sign up. Sponsor opportunities start from $100 and go up to $2,500, which gets maximum recognition and exposure for your business or organization. 

Since its inception, FishHawk-Riverview Rotary members have separately given through dues and donations over $160,000 to PolioPlus and The Rotary Foundation for global projects in seven areas of focus. The club also volunteers in Honduras each year with Honduras Compassion Partners by installing water filtration systems, latrines, water storage and building homes for families. What’s more, the FishHawk-Riverview Rotary Club Foundation has funded scholarships to college or accredited trade schools, which are awarded to graduating high school seniors demonstrating a commitment to service, Rotary’s Camp Florida (camp for special needs children), rising high school junior delegates to S4TL (Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders) and many local organizations. See for a complete list of this year’s recipients. 

Rotary International is an organization of leaders worldwide united through service to provide humanitarian relief, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 165 countries worldwide, approximately 1.4 million Rotarians belong to over 33,000 Rotary clubs. 

For more information, email event chair Kim Tyson at

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