Support Needed for MIAPBC-Led Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade as Record Demand for Toys in Palm Beach County will be Reached

(NORTH PALM BEACH, FL) The demand for toy donations is going to be “bigger than ever,” according to Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) Executive Director Alyssa Freeman. The MIAPBC hosts the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade (PBHBP) and Toy Drive. As families seek assistance in bringing joy to children this holiday season, the MIAPBC is asking members of the community and businesses for support. “We’re encouraging people to enjoy this year’s Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and support the Toy Drive if able,” says Freeman. “The parade and toy drive give everyone in our community an opportunity to celebrate the holiday season,” she continues.

The 26th Annual PBHBP and 21st Annual Toy Drive supporting Toys for Tots and Little Smiles is set for December 5, 2020. The parade will feature dozens of holiday-themed boats and yachts traveling on the Intracoastal Waterway from North Palm Beach to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. The unique toy drive by land and by sea collects thousands of toys each year.  For the first time ever, donations for toys are being accepted NOW as part of an early push to ensure that no child in need of holiday cheer is turned away this year. Donations for toys can be donated  (insert information/link here) OR we encourage people to go directly to their favorite online retailer and ship toys directly to the MIAPBC office in North Palm Beach

In addition to the increased demand for toys, demand for the parade has also surged. While the 4th of July fireworks in most of Palm Beach County were not able to take place due to concerns stemming from the pandemic, a traveling fireworks display is still in the plans for the PBHBP.

Sponsorship packages are now open for the 26th Annual PBHBP. Sponsors, depending on their sponsorship level, will receive print, event, and online exposure. Video promotions are currently in production with our media partners. Last year was the first PBHBP to be broadcast on ABC 25 WPBF the weekend following the PBHBP, co-hosted by WPBF’s Felicia Rodriguez and MIAPBC Executive Director Alyssa Freeman. This year’s event is returning to the air waves and a record online and television audience is expected.

In addition to toy donations to benefit Toys for Tots and Little Smiles, the MIAPBC is calling on the community to get involved in the event, from entering vessels in the parade (free entry) to attending the event with family on December 5 to sponsoring the event to promote a business or nonprofit organization. Event partner Little Smiles will also launch their Christmas in July toy drive campaign on July 25 on their official Facebook page, found at

To get involved in this year’s event, visit, email, or call (561) 863-0012.

About Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County:

The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC) is a not-for-profit organization created to promote and protect the sound growth of the marine industry in Palm Beach County for the benefit and education of its members, the community, and the environment.


MIAPBC Executive Director Alyssa Freeman, (561) 863-0012 or email

MIAPBC Media Contact Nicole Squartino (954) 275-6948