The Port of Dubuque Marina will hold its sixth annual lighted boat parade on Saturday, Aug. 3.  Boaters are invited to participate in, and the public is invited to attend this free, family-friendly event which will include live music and other activities before the evening parade.The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a free musical performance by the Mississippi Band from 6 – 9 p.m. on the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium’s harborside plaza.  The City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department’s “Rec ‘n Roll” Trailer will be on site with a variety of activities for children.  The Lunch Bus, a local food truck, will have food available for purchase and additional refreshments can be purchased from the marina’s convenience store.

The theme for this year’s parade is “Just Be Creative” so boaters wishing to participate in the parade can be as creative as they like.  Boats of all makes, models, and sizes are encouraged to participate. Prizes will be awarded.  Participating boats will receive multiple perks (including gas and dockage discounts) at the marina.  To register a boat for the parade, or for more information, please contact the Port of Dubuque Marina at 563.582.5524 or

Boat parade entries will be on display in the marina before the parade, which will begin at dusk (approximately 9 pm.).  The parade will depart the Port of Dubuque Marina and light up the Mississippi River as it proceeds north along the Mississippi Riverwalk, from the Julien Dubuque Bridge to the railroad bridge near the Dubuque Star Brewery Complex. Spectators choosing to watch the parade from the Mississippi Riverwalk are welcome to bring chairs.

For more information on the Port of Dubuque Marina, visit www.portofdubuquemarina.comor call 563.582.5524.


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