Hudson, Fla. - Boat owners in Hudson are planning their decorating parties, buying everything red, white and blue, and looking for ideas to set themselves apart from the crowd.
They are preparing for the second annual Hudson Beach Boat Parade.
It is scheduled for June 18 , starting at 1:30 p.m.
Last year, the parade attracted hundreds of people to the waterfront. This year, the parade committee is hoping to attack thousands.
"There's some face painting, and they have a bounce house for the kids. All of the local pubs stay open. It's just a really good time," parade chair John DiVisconte said.
DiVisconte expects a party atmosphere Saturday, and said the people who forgo the bars will surely be at house parties.
"We had 50 people last year. Pop the champagne. Have at it."
DiVisconte lives on the beach. He also owns a restaurant in the area. His is just one of the many businesses that are sponsoring the parade.
Last year the parade committee raised $2,400 for charity.
"To surpass that was our goal. We're far ahead of that goal this year," DiVisconte said.
All of the proceeds are giving to HPH Hospice.
The entry fee to participate in the parade is $15.
"It's just a fun afternoon. The boats pass by the beach. They're decorated. Everyone cheers you on," DiVisconte said.
He expects upward of 30 boats to participate - some power, some sail, and some paddle.
"We had a guy last year who made a boat out of beer cans, and he was in the parade."
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