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Annual Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade Registration Open

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on January 11, 2018

The New Port Richey Rotary Club seeks entries for the 2018 annual Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade on Saturday, March 17.  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 judged boats are decorated according to a specific theme. The parade’s theme for 2018 is “Going for the Green.” Any green theme is acceptable: St. Patty’s Day, recycling, golf, or even Kermit. Co-Chairing the Boat Parade are Rotary members Tim Wilfong and Amy Finoti Marin. This year’s sponsor is Travis Mears Plumbing.

The committee is looking for high school alumni, boat and yacht clubs, businesses, individuals, and waterfront communities to participate. It hopes to grow the parade to at least 50 boats or more. It’s a fun event and a time-honored tradition of the Chasco Fiesta. Also the annual Chaco Fiesta boat Parade continues to be organized and hosted by the Rotary Club of New Port Richey.

Ten cash prizes ranging from $200 to $1,000 will be given to winners at a Rotary awards luncheon meeting at the Spartan Manor on March 28. Judging is based on theme, spirit, originality and use of decorations. All this will be explained in detail at the Hooters Captain’s party on March 15.

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

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. Brent Simon 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.