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Chasco Boat Parade Registration is Open: Entries Sought

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on February 1, 2019

The New Port Richey Rotary Club seeks entries for the 2019 annual Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade taking place on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

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 2019 is “Anchors Away”, anything & everything nautical. Co-chairing the Boat Parade are New Port Richey Rotarians Amy Finotti-Marin and Blaise Simon.

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 presented by hosted by the Rotary Club of New Port Richey. It is also the oldest annual boat parade in Florida.

Cash Prizes in Multiple Categories

Ten cash prizes ranging from $200 to $1,000 will be given to winners at a Rotary awards luncheon at the Spartan Manor in April. 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 Thursday, April 4th.

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].

Chasco Boat Parade 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)

About the New Port Richey Rotary Club

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 nearly 25 years. Greg Smith is the current president of the club for 2108-2109.

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.