Since 1989. THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE PARADE, IS TO BE IN THE PARADE ! Check out the new, easy to follow Parade route for 2017, with a user-friendly new starting location. Throw a few sets of lights on the boat and find our firsthand what it’s all about, or come to the decorating workshop to see just how easy and inexpensive it can be to take some LED lights, a $40 inverter, some plastic wire ties, plastic mesh and pipe to make a few nice lighted creations. WHERE TO SEE THE PARADE The Parade route is within Punta Gorda Isles. There are no specific, designated public viewing areas on the parade route, however every year thousands of spectators find adequate viewing locations along the 4.5 mile route. Do not use any location marked with no trespassing signs.