First Port St. Lucie Halloween Boat Parade Attracts More Than 1,500

Howlin River Boat Parade

Howlin’ River Boat Parade

The first annual Howlin’ River Boat Parade and Enchanted Forest at Veterans Park at Rivergate in Port St. Lucie was a howling success with more than 1,500 people in attendance. Onlookers filled the Riverwalk Boardwalk on Oct. 24 to watch the decorated boats pass, once at sunset and again at nightfall. The boats were decorated with lights, ghosts and other Halloween-themed props.

Students from the Virtual School of Excellence Drama Department designed the Enchanted Forest in the park. This walk-through haunted trail frightened folks along the way as they ran into creepy characters with realistic effects makeup.

Members from the Treasure Coast Cosplayers mingled with the crowd and posed for pictures with both kids and adults. They dressed as a Ghostbuster with lighted proton pack and steampunk versions of Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter.

Many people in attendance donned their best Halloween costumes as well.

See pictures from Howlin’ River Boat Parade and Enchanted Forest

The Port St. Lucie Community Redevelopment Agency would like to thank the Police Athletic League volunteers, the Police Explorers, A Kiss By A Rose DJ Entertainers, SNAFU Stage and Lighting, Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Police Department and Risk Management, as well as the city staff that made this event such a success.

We truly appreciate all of the residents and visitors that came out to support this great event.

If you’d like to participate in the boat parade next year, please contact Bridget Kean at (772) 873-6489 or

We look forward to next year’s Howlin’ River Boat Parade and Enchanted Forest and we hope you’ll join us again!


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