7th Annual PrideFest Boat Parade

Saturday • June 17, 2017

PrideFest 2017 will be celebrated in Norfolk’s Town Point Park.  A highlight of PrideFest 2017 is the 7th Annual Pride Boat Parade, the only Pride Boat Parade in the country!  The Pride Boating Club of Hampton Roads was established by participants subsequent to the Inaugural Pride Boat Parade in 2011 and has been the coordinating sponsor since then. 

The Hampton Roads area was established along the miles of lake, river and bay front and has over 300 years of maritime history.  Town Point Park, nestled on the riverbanks of the Elizabeth River, provides a unique setting for boaters to be part of this event. 

The Pride Boat Parade has grown in size every year.  The U.S. Coast Guard participates with a 45-foot Response Boat and leads the parade.  The 135-foot Sailing Ship American Rover offers locals and visitors the opportunity to participate in the parade before joining PrideFest 2017 for the day’s activities that will include headline musical performances and great entertainment.

Private boats of all sizes participate in the decorated boat parade offering colorful and inspiring themes making the parade an entertainment experience you won’t forget.  Please join us by completing your application to participate and let’s see who will best incorporate the PrideFest 2017 theme “OUT, LOUD & PROUD” into their decoration theme.


BOAT ENTRY FEE: $38. Includes official parade pennant, docking space at Town Point Park, commentator broadcasting your vessel type, size, and name, and information regarding your boat’s decoration theme.

Application may be downloaded and completed and mailed along with fee payable to Hampton Roads Pride to P.O. Box 41082 Norfolk, VA 23541-1082 or complete online here and paid using PayPal. 

For further information, contact PrideBoatClubHR@gmail.com or call Bill Calvert, Commodore at: (757) 553-0175.

A mandatory Skippers meeting will be held on June 14, 2017Location and time will be provided once applicant selections are completed.  Details regarding rendezvous location, parade route, logistic information, and dispersal point will be provided at this time.  Parade pennants will be provided at this meeting.

IMPORTANT:  Entries may be limited due to Coast Guard, legal and other requirements.  Due to the docking restrictions and limited available space, acceptance as a participant will be based on design concept, creativity, costuming, entertainment quality where the idea is fun, clever, eye-catching and caters to the primary audience attending PrideFest 2017.  Acceptance will be based on information provided in application reviewed by a selection committee of parade veterans. 

There will be no power or water provided for the boats. There will be no alcoholic beverages permitted to leave the boats, no overnight docking and no rafting.  Food and beverages are available for purchase from vendors supporting the festivities.  Town Point Park is outfitted with restrooms for visitor’s convenience.  PrideFest 2017in Town Point Park is open from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  The 7th Annual Pride Boat Parade will be scheduled to commence during the first hour so all boating participants can dock around 1:00 pm to enjoy the afternoon festivities. 

Waterside Marina is offering a special $1 per foot rate for Pride Boat Parade registrants who would like to arrive before and/or remain after PrideFest 2017 ends. Call 757-625-3625 for reservations (the sooner the better).

$38 per boat to enter.

Boat Parade Applications are due by June 3, 2017.

There is a mandatory Skippers’ Meeting on June 14, 2017. Location TBA.

Email prideboatclubhr@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Online Submission Instructions:

Step 1: Fill out the form below & hit submit.

Step 2: If you are not a Sponsor with an included Boat Parade registration  with your sponsorship, please click the PayPal button below to pay your $38 fee online.


Out on the Boat with the American Rover

Be part of the only Pride Boat Parade in the country!  Come aboard the American Rover for a 2 Hour Cruise on the Smooth Waters of the Elizabeth River & Hampton Roads Harbor.  Lunch will be catered and will include a soft drink or bottled water.  Mixed Drinks, Beer and Wine will be available to purchase.

Click here to get your tickets today!

Entry Application

Vessel Owner/Captain Name

Mailing Address:

City: State: Zip:

Home Phone: Cell Phone:

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Name of Vessel:

Vessel Description/Type/Model:

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Length OVERALL (ft): Length at Waterline (ft):

Please describe your boat's decoration/theme:

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I am paying $38 via PayPal.My sponsorship includes my registration.