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A Christmas Parade with . . . Pirates! December 12, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor.

Anna Maria Island loves to celebrate with parades . . . for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, July 4th, and Christmas.

The parades feature Boats.






Golf Carts.














And a large pirate ship . . . a Spanish Galleon.


With lots of pirates.


Tossing booty at parade viewers.


Aargh . . . that’s better!


1. ryoko861 - December 12, 2012

Anything with boats is fine with me! That looked like fun! Very colorful to say the least!

nrhatch - December 12, 2012

It’s not in the same “weight class” as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but it is a FUN little event that concludes at Coquino Beach with a visit from Santa and free hotdogs and soda for the kids.

My niece is flying to LONDON this month to march with the USF ~ Tampa Marching Band in the New Year’s Day parade. I’m hoping to see some of that parade on TV.

Tori Nelson - December 12, 2012

See, I was just thinking anything with candy is fine with me 🙂

nrhatch - December 12, 2012

And not only candy. Some of the floats toss out stuffed animals for the kids lining the parade route!

2. ericjbaker - December 12, 2012

Nothing says “Christmas” like a Superman boat!

nrhatch - December 12, 2012

A Superman boat being chased by Santas on Segways! 😀

3. sweetdaysundertheoaks - December 12, 2012

AMI knows how to do Christmas right.. 🙂

nrhatch - December 12, 2012

The Island has several FUN events this week too: a Holiday Open House at the Historical Museum, a Holiday of Treasures (a city wide Yule Tide event with music and refreshments), Christmas on Bridge Street (with a lighted Boat Parade), and a luminary walk on the shores of the Manatee River (with musicians playing at stations in the woods).

4. suzicate - December 12, 2012

Now THAT’s a parade!

nrhatch - December 12, 2012

It’s a great excuse to get outside and seize the day . . . and the pirate loot!

5. kateshrewsday - December 12, 2012

Love your ‘Aaaargh, that’s better”, Nancy. Made me chuckle!

nrhatch - December 12, 2012

Aargh, matey! I am a pirate . . . seeking treasure. Aargh, I got me some! 😀

theonlycin - December 13, 2012

I also chuckled. Lovely photos, Nancy, full of festive cheer 🙂

nrhatch - December 14, 2012

Some of the traditions we endure each year become “forced,” with make believe cheer. But sitting in the sun watching kids waiting for the AMI parade to arrive made me smile. For real. 😀

6. Tom (Aquatom1968) - December 12, 2012

Looks like fun Nancy. The only parade that happens near me is a walking one… with bands, however! 🙂

nrhatch - December 12, 2012

My niece is in a “walking one . . . with bands” on New Year’s Day. In LONDON! She’ll be with the USF ~ Tampa Marching Band as they pa~rum~pum~pum around Picadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.

7. Tokeloshe - December 12, 2012

It looks like great fun!

nrhatch - December 12, 2012

The kids around me had such FUN scampering after the candy.

8. diannegray - December 12, 2012

Theses pics are fantastic, Nancy – what a great post full of utter fun! 😀

nrhatch - December 12, 2012

I think my favorite is the Teddy Bear on the “rumble seat” of the motorcycle. 😀

9. nancycurteman - December 12, 2012

I love parades. Any excuse for a parade is great as far as I’m concerned. And candy. MMMMMM

nrhatch - December 12, 2012

My favorite parade is the Rose Bowl parade on New Year’s Day ~ with floats made of flowers and other natural ingredients. I am always BOWLED over. 😀

10. sufilight - December 12, 2012

This is colorful and fun! I love, love boats and ships, and if it has dessert, the better! 😀

nrhatch - December 12, 2012

Thanks, Marie. We also enjoy lighted boat parades on the Manatee River and Intercoastal Waterway . . . also FUN. 😀

11. Perfecting Motherhood - December 13, 2012

Haha, what is it with parades and pirates? When my kids and I saw the 4th of July parade in the small town of Idyllwild, CA, there were pirates too!

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

These pirates, The Privateers, are a fixture on the island. They’re a local “Rotary Club” type of group . . . raising money for good deeds, scholarships for kids, and giving back to the community in other ways.

All while having FUN dressed up as Pirates. 😀

12. spilledinkguy - December 13, 2012

I love the photos, Nancy!
But… no boats?!?! 😉
I’ve been meaning to ask you if you’ve ever been on a go-fast boat before?! I never have been… but there’s this scene in ‘Miami Vice’… it’s kind of like… wow! If I could keep my lunch down I think I’d like to try that!

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

I rode in a “cigar boat” once . . . super fast.

I also rode in a pace car around the Charlotte Speedway at super fast speeds ~ It was like riding around a room using the walls instead of the floor.as a driving surface.

I kept my lunch down both times. 😀

13. jannatwrites - December 13, 2012

Yep, looks like a Florida Christmas! Love the pirate one…and your change up on your signature “ah…that’s better.” 🙂

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

Glad you enjoyed, Janna. The pirates are an island treasure.

14. Three Well Beings - December 14, 2012

Christmas Pirates! I love that! Some traditions are just made for fun. We’re going to have Santa and the firetrucks in about another week. This has been the tradition since I was a very little girl and I can’t wait! 🙂

nrhatch - December 14, 2012

Ho~Ho~Ho! Hope your granddaughters are jolly recipients of Santa’s largesse. 🙂

15. Booksphotographsandartwork - December 14, 2012

What a fun parade!

nrhatch - December 14, 2012

Aargh, matey! 😀

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