Annual Chasco Boat Parade Registration Open

The New Port Richey Rotary Club seeks entries for the 2017 annual Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade on Saturday, April 1.  The parade begins at Hooters on Miller’s Bayou in Port Richey at 1 p.m. It meanders south on the Cotee River arriving at Sims Park around 1:45 p.m. Boat entries include businesses, schools, nonprofits, organizations, individuals or families.  Each year the boats are decorated according to a specific theme. This year’s theme is “Great American Movies.” Co-Chairing the Boat Parade are Rotary members Ed Beckman and Tim Wilfong.

Ten cash prizes ranging from $200 to $1,000 will be given to winners at a Rotary luncheon meeting at the Spartan Manor. Judging is based on theme, spirit, originality and use of decorations.

Interested boaters are urged to register now or contact the Boat Parade Committee for further questions. Registration forms are available online at ChascoFiesta.com. For more information, call 727-859-6540 or email Rotarian Amanda Hart at amanda@blackjackmg.com .

Categories judged include:

$1,000 GRAND PRIZE – BEST OVERALL BOAT

PROFIT / BUSINESS CATEGORY: 1st Place ($500), 2nd Place ($300), and 3rd Place: ($200)         

NON-PROFIT / SCHOOLS CATEGORY: 1st Place ($500), 2nd Place ($300), and 3rd Place: ($200)                         

PRIVATE / FAMILY / INDIVIDUAL / GROUP: 1st Place ($500), 2nd Place ($300), and 3rd Place: ($200)

The New Port Richey Rotary Club was established in 1959 and meets every Wednesday for lunch at noon at the Spartan Manor in New Port Richey. The club has organized the annual Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade for more than 20 years.  Cindy Ewald is the current president of the club for 2106-2107. Rotary International is an organization of business and professional persons united world-wide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.