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Dining at PIER 22 during the Manatee Holiday Boat Parade is a unique and fun way to commemorate the winter events season in Bradenton. Event seating is limited, and reservations for the VIP experience are required.

For Manatee County, the kick off to the winter holidays begins with the annual Manatee County Holiday Boat Parade, which takes place Saturday evening, Dec. 10, 2016. PIER 22 is now accepting reservations for those who want VIP seating along the river. The VIP party starts at 6:30 p.m. Party-goers are greeted with a glass of champagne and invited to enjoy a buffet that features carved prime rib, peel-&-eat shrimp, fresh catch and much more! Guests should book their parties in advance by calling the restaurant at 941.748.8087.

Starting at dusk, a procession of festively decorated vessels takes off from Snead Island with many planned stops along the Manatee River. Captains compete for best lighted-boat in several categories. PIER 22 is designated a judging station, and audience participation will be decisive when awarding points to captains and their boats.

The interactive winter holiday event can attract thousands of locals, visitors and community dignitaries. "The cheers from guests dining waterside are nearly as electric as the holiday bulbs that light the river that night," said Jillian Price, the Catering & Events Manager for PIER 22. "The oohs and ahhs are priceless; no matter your age everyone becomes like a kid again. It is a very magical night."

PIER 22 is a popular public viewing and judging destination for the Manatee County Holiday Boat Parade. Seating is limited and reservations for the VIP experience are required. Entry to the PIER 22 VIP Boat Parade Viewing Party & Buffet is $69.95 for adults and $24.95 for children.

For more information on dining with PIER 22 during the Manatee Holiday Boat Parade, or to reserve your entry to the VIP Party, guests are encouraged to call 941-748-8087.

About PIER 22
PIER 22 Restaurant, Patio & Catering is genuine Bradenton and sits directly on the beautiful Manatee River surrounded by the Twin Dolphin Marina. PIER 22 provides guests with scratch-cooked meals and authentic waterfront dining 365 days per year. From casual meals on the patio to upscale dining, PIER 22 offers a welcoming ambiance for all guests to enjoy. With rooms for every occasion, PIER 22 can accommodate your party or event with up to 300 guests.