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The Anna Maria Island Privateers head up their Dec. 7 annual Christmas Parade aboard Skullywag. The parade began at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria, passing along Pine Avenue, and wound south to a party hosted by the Privateers at Coquina Beach. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield

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The Barefoot Tiki Bar of Holmes Beach celebrates the holidays in the Anna Maria Privateer’s Christmas Parade Dec. 7.

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Some members of The Hitcrew, a roller derby team from Manatee County, ride in a large green truck in the Dec. 7 parade while other derby players follow on skates.

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The Privateers Christmas parade winds up at Coquina Beach where scores of children, including young pirate Julianne, visiting with Santa aboard the Skullywag.

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The Privateers Christmas parade winds up at Coquina Beach where scores of children, including young pirate Julianne, visiting with Santa aboard the Skullywag.

 

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Guests of the Privateers gather at Coquina Beach Dec. 7 for photo ops with Privateers at the Skullywag and Santa sleigh.

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Following the Privateers Christmas parade at the Coquina Beach Dec. 7 party, pirate volunteers serve lunch — free for kids and for a small fee for adults.

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Bradenton Beach city officials and friends ride aboard the city’s marine patrol boat.

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The Hernando DeSoto Conquistadors celebrate the holiday on their ship/float in the Privateers Christmas Parade.

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The Hernando DeSoto Conquistadors celebrate the holiday on their ship/float in the Privateers Christmas Parade.

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Holmes Beach city officials and friends ride aboard the city’s marine patrol boat.

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The Anna Maria Island Privateers arrive in Holmes Beach in their Christmas Parade.

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Santa Claus announces the Christmas season’s arrival as he waves to his adoring crowd in the Privateers annual Christmas Parade Dec. 7

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