Ocracoke Parade of Boats

Forget decking the halls – Ocracokers prefer decking the hulls. Get into the holiday spirit the island way with the Ocracoke Parade of Boats. This annual event welcomes aquatic vessels of all shapes and sizes to Silver Lake where they show off their holiday finery. Fishing boats, yachts, sailboats, skiffs, kayaks, Jet skis and more form a procession along the banks of the harbor at Silver Lake, and eager spectators gather along the docks at the waterfront to watch the boats float by. The Ocracoke Parade of Boats is a celebration of both the holiday season and the island’s maritime heritage. This annual event usually happens on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.