"Christmas on the Braden River"
is the first annual hometown parade
for the holidays.
Starting on Sunday December 8, 4:00 PM the check
in will begin at Jiggs Landing Preserve. We will assign the boat numbers and direct
boaters to the line up area from 4:30 until 5:30 PM. The parade begins at 5:30.
Each participant passes staging area for the visitor voting. The parade ends
7:30 at Linger Lodge, where you may order your favorite dish from the regular
menu, at your own expense.
Participants should launch their boats early at the open boat ramp and tie up to
a dock away from the ramp. The Jiggs facility has plenty of parking in spaces
designated for boat trailers. Please consider removing your boat at the end of
the parade at Linger Lodge; participants will need to arrange a "car pool" after
dinner to retrieve their vehicle and trailer at Jiggs. The ramp at Linger Lodge
is open, and we will have someone to direct boats at this location. The five
mile course from Jiggs Landing to Linger Lodge takes approximately one hour at
slow speed. Please call Denise at 941-320-8811 if you have questions.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
Best In Show:
$300 CashBest Illuminated:
$200 WalMart Gift Cerrtificate
Best Florida Cracker:
Linger Lodge Gift Certificates
Gift Certificates Pablano'sMost Creative/Original:
Gift Certificates Pablano's
Voting will be by text message
5:30 to 7:30 PM to 941-320-8811 - Instructions
Here are a few tips to ensure a safe experience:
• Ensure that the lights on the boat are working.
• Get there early and stay a little later to avoid the rush.
• Make sure that your life jacks are readily available.
• Avoid alcohol if you are the captain of the boat.
• Think ahead where your number will be displayed. (Allow for an
area 20” diameter).
• If you have never navigated this river, it is advisable to go
• The vertical clearance as you approach Linger Lodge is 20 feet from the water.
The rest of the route is pretty open.
• Alligators are on the river so please be careful.
Jiggs Landing (map)
Linger Lodge (map)
OBRHS, in partnership with Keep Manatee Beautiful, conducts three cleanups of the
Braden River each year. The next one, the International Coastal Cleanup, will be
on a Saturday in early October or late September from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the SR64 boat ramp on the Braden River. The
cleanups are conducted from kayaks and canoes with one or more power boats for
cleaning as well as transporting debris collected by the persons in the smaller
vessels. OBRHS provides a few loaner kayaks but participants are encouraged to
use their own. Bring safety gear and appropriate clothing including gloves.
OBRHS will provide water, litter pickers and trash bags. Youth under eighteen
will need a parent or guardian to sign a waiver. Check back to this site for
updated information or contact Pete Mirande at