Lights Camera Action Movies on Parade Winterfest 2019 – Celebrate the Holidays with Us

Lights, Camera, Action… Movies on Parade is the theme for the 2019 Parade on December 14th. The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade is the “Greatest Show on H2O” with holiday floats that really float. Enjoy your Christmas on the Water or entertain guests on land. Winterfest has tickets for reserved Grandstands seats for only $20-$25 pp. Have a boat? You can enter your vessel for as little as $35 (private entry / no signage). Love to dance? Entertain clients, friends or colleagues with the purchase of a table of 10 at the Black Tie Ball start at only $3,000. Celebrate the holidays with Winterfest in beautiful South Florida and enjoy this holiday tradition which sails from Downtown Fort Lauderdale to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. Call Winterfest, Inc. for all your Holiday Party needs 954-767-0686 or email us info @ winterfestparade.com

Celebrate the Holidays with Winterfest Host a party at our Black Tie ball, on a boat, on shore. Call our offices for branded holiday party information.

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Announces Bret Michaels as 2019 Grand Marshal

Fort Lauderdale, FL (August 13, 2019) – Parade Organizers announced today legendary multi-platinum superstar, Bret Michaels, as the Grand Marshal of the 48th Annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. 

Bret will serve as an ambassador for South Florida’s most acclaimed holiday celebration. 

“Bret is one of the most iconic faces of rock-n-roll and we are excited to have him bring his superstar presence to rock Greater Fort Lauderdale,” said Lisa Scott-Founds, President & CEO of Winterfest, Inc. “The added bonus is having him perform at the new Hard Rock Live the night before the Parade as part of his 2019 worldwide Unbroken Tour.”

Michaels’ relentless work ethic has extended him beyond his front man persona in the band “Poison” and his solo career in music. His Michaels Entertainment Group is a multi-million dollar empire. Along with his multifaceted career, he helps to raise millions of dollars for charities through his Life Rocks Foundation. He has partnered with both the American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes acting as a spokesperson and sponsor.  

“Seminole Hard Rock is thrilled to have Bret Michaels serve as this year’s Grand Marshal, kicking off the holiday season in style. His iconic stage personality screams Hard Rock and is sure to shake up the waterways”, said Susan Renneisen, vice president of community affairs and special events for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. “As the chairwoman of Winterfest, Inc., I am personally excited to bring such an energetic Grand Marshal to rock this 12-mile Parade.”          

Michaels will be a part of a private Winterfest® Grand Marshal Reception on Friday, Dec. 13 prior to his concert at Hard Rock Live at 8 p.m. The public will be able to purchase concert tickets for $70, $50, $40 and $30. All seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.myhrl.com and www.ticketmaster.com.  The following night, he will appear in the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade on Dec. 14. For more information on the Winterfest Celebration and how you can be a participant, visit WinterfestParade.com or call 954-767-0686.

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Editor’s Note: Bio and Hi-Res images https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p9u0p09cwgw22l8/AAC2ChntD4wXV88SVshjIpARa?dl=0.

Unbroken link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAq2hhRF048

About Winterfest, Inc.

Winterfest is a Florida not-for-profit organization based in Broward County that produces a variety of events including the free public event known as the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade – “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.” Approximately one million spectators view the Parade on the 12-mile route along with millions more via television and the internet bringing National and International recognition to South Florida.  Winterfest also hosts annual events to enhance the community’s image and provide unique, wholesome family entertainment. For more information on Winterfest, please contact the office at (954) 767-0686 or their website: www.winterfestparade.com.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship casino resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.  It isa world-renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination that features a AAA Four Diamond-rated, 465 room luxury hotel; expansive gaming offerings including first-in-class slots, high-stakes table games and South Florida’s premier poker room; spa and fitness center; award-winning dining and nightlife; and the popular Hard Rock Event Center which hosts celebrity performances, comedy acts and sporting events. A $1.5 billion expansion slated to open October, 2019, will bring 638 new, luxury guestrooms to the first-ever, guitar-shaped Guitar Hotel and 168 upscale guest accommodations, including unique swim-up suites, in the  adjacent Oasis Tower at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. Upon completion, the property will have a combined total of 1,271 rooms. The project will also unveil a lush, “Bora Bora” style lagoon with private cabanas and butler service; a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa®; a 13.5 acre recreational water experience for swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding; 19 dining outlets and 20 bars and lounges; an expansive gaming floor housing 3,100 slots, 193 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space including a 38,000 square-foot, carpeted exhibition hall; and a 26,000 square-foot retail promenade.  The highly anticipated Hard Rock Live entertainment venue with a 7,000 person capacity, will showcase A-list entertainers, comedy acts, Broadway performances, sporting events and live broadcast productions. The integrated resort is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood SeminoleReservation along State Road 7, (U.S. Highway 441), and is 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Miami and Miami International Airport. For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, call 800-937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

Entry Fees – start at $35



Payment: You may purchase your Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade entry in our online store after you submit your parade application. After your application submission, you will be redirected directly to the Boat Entry Fee in our online store that matches your choice of Vessel Category above. Please enter your vessel name in the “Order notes” field during checkout. It’s an easy step to Holiday FUN!

The types of parade entries and the prices are as follows:

  • PRIVATE or NON-PROFIT: $35.00 (NO SIGNAGE or NON-PROFIT Sign ONLY)
  • GOVERNMENT: $35.00 (Government signage allowed)
  • COMMERCIAL SIGNAGE (ALL signage approved by Winterfest.) Fees are based on vessel size:
    • $250.00 20’ to 39’
    • $500.00 40’ to 59’
    • $1,000.00 60’ +
  • CHARTER (ALL signage approved by Winterfest):
    • $500.00 20’ to 39’
    • $1000.00 40’ to 59’
    • $1,500.00 60’ +
  • SHOWBOAT (Any vessel with approved signage – Sponsor designation and Guaranteed Television): $8,000.00

All Entry Fees include an 8×10 photo of entry & Two tickets to the Captain’s Cup Awards Dinner on January 30, 2020. Additional tickets to the Captain’s Cup Awards Dinner are available in our online store.



Grandstand Viewing Area Tips

IF YOU PURCHASE TICKETS ($20-$25) ON THE WINTERFEST.COM WEBSITE TO VIEW THE PARADE AT THE GRANDSTAND AREA 

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO ENJOY YOUR PARADE VIEWING EXPERIENCE inside Hugh Taylor Birch State Park (remember, there is a fee to view from this area/tickets are for sale $20-$25): 

For your safety. In order to help protect our valued guests, Winterfest will conduct searches of bags at our entrances, as a condition of entry onto the viewing area. Expect to walk through metal detectors and/or wants, so empty your person of metal objects.

Winterfest DOES NOT allow the following items to be brought onto the area:

1. Firearms/weapons;
2. Explosive devices/fireworks;
3. Alcoholic beverages;
4. SELFIE STICKS;
5. Drones;
6. Any other item deemed to be a danger to others.

Chairs, Coolers, Blankets, etc. are NOT allowed in the Grandstand Viewing Area – but can be utilized outside of our viewing area within the park.

Check the weather. South Florida weather in December is world-famous for its balmy, tropical conditions, but can change quickly. Check ahead on whether you need to bring sunscreen, a hat, a sweater, or a poncho. Our official television station WSVN Channel 7 hosts a seven-day forecast. https://wsvn.com/weather/

Arrive early. There is plenty to see and do. The area opens at 3:30 p.m. with live entertainment, activities as well as food and beverages for sale.

Parking. There is no parking inside Birch State Park for the Parade. The ONLY Shuttle service will be offered at one convenient Fort Lauderdale location: Galleria Mall (East Sunrise Boulevard). Parking is FREE and bus service is $5 per person round-trip and is non-refundable. Children under 3 years old ride free.

 Tram service inside the Park. Complimentary and regularly scheduled tram service is available traveling thru the Park and is easily accessible if you walk into Hugh Taylor Birch State Park from the Sunrise Boulevard.

Remember, there is NO PARKING in Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.

Please leave pets at home. Pets are not permitted in the Park. Do not leave them in your vehicle. Only service/assistance dogs and seeing eye dogs are allowed within the Parade viewing area. Remember, the Parade has fireworks.

Bring your camera. The Parade and Grandstand Viewing Area will have plenty of snapshot opportunities. Remember to upload your photos to social media with the hashtag #WinterfestFL

Credit cards & ATM’s. MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover are accepted at designated ATM machines. Check with Guest Services for more information.

Diaper-changing. Facilities are located in the permanent restrooms within the Park.

Remember your medication. If you have a medical condition that requires medication, be sure to bring what you need with you.

Parade Entry List. The Winterfestparade.com website and the Winterfest app will have a list of Parade Entries. Many of the photo images will be uploaded approximately an hour prior to you viewing the Parade.

Lost? Please seek assistance at Guest Services booth regarding lost children. When you get to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park / Grandstand Viewing Area, it’s a good idea to select a meeting place in the event your party becomes separated.

Lost & Found Items. If you’ve lost an item during your visit, all unattended property will be safely placed in the Guest Services booth.

Bring your appetite. The Grandstand Viewing Area has a festival atmosphere with food and drinks available for purchase.

Wash your Hands! Prevent disease!  Please wash your hands thoroughly after visiting the animals and assist your children in washing their hands.

Event Location Updates: Look for entertainment updates onhttps://winterfestparade.com/events/grandstand-viewing-area and remember to download the Winterfest App to vote for your favorite entry!

Have a blast! The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade is the “Greatest Show on H2O,” one of the oldest holiday traditions in our community and the 7th Largest Spectator Event in the Country. Have a great time!

Winterfest President invited as a panelist at The Summit

Winterfest, Inc. President and CEO, Lisa Scott-Founds was a recent panelist at the 2nd Annual Synergy Summit for Cultural and Heritage Tourism (The Summit). The Cultural Heritage Alliance for Tourism, Inc. (CHAT) in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) and Broward Cultural Division is presenting The Summit at the Signature Grand Conference Center. The Riverside Hotel is the host hotel. The two-day Summit (May 10-11, 2919) is the place where tourism, travel & hospitality professionals, small businesses & entrepreneurs, and local artists will gather to communicate and explore synergy for collaboration as well as form strategic partnerships that strengthen and protect Florida’s tourism ecosystem. The Summit will showcase cultural and heritage tourism assets expanding the tourism footprint and economic impact in heritage neighborhoods and multicultural communities. For additional information https://www.culturalheritagesummit.com/

photos: DeAnne Connolly Graham, President of ROI Media Consultants, Inc. with Lisa Scott-Founds, President & CEO of Winterfest, Inc.

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WSVN Signs Five Year Contract Extension with Winterfest®

WSVN Channel 7 recently signed a five-year contract with Winterfest®, Inc. as the official television station of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade. This commitment will continue their support through 2023 with coverage of Winterfest® news, events and broadcasting the Winterfest® Television Special on their station. The television special is rebroadcast on Fox Sports Sun and WSVN’s sister stations WHDH and WLVI in Boston. WSVN also produces a Facebook Live of the Parade which is shared on various social media platforms Parade night. WSVN’s live camera feeds are seen on the City of Fort Lauderdale’s television station, VisitLauderdale.tv and EyeOnSouthFlorida.com who expands the digital viewership across the globe.

This partnership has expanded beyond community outreach and holiday television shows; it has created great benefits for the media station and their clients while adding exposure for the nonprofit organization.  Select WSVN clients receive tickets to experience Winterfest® including riding aboard their decorated showboat annually in the Parade. “We are pleased to extend our partnership with the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, “ said  Paul Magnes, Executive Vice President/General Manager WSVN Channel 7, a subsidiary of Sunbeam Television Corporation. “  The parade is a beloved South Florida holiday tradition and viewers rely on Channel 7 to feature all the highlights.”

Now in their 48th year, Winterfest® is proud to have community partners such as WSVN to ensure this holiday tradition continues as “The World’s Most Watch Boat Parade.” Corporate support enables this not-for-profit organization to produce free events such as the Parade, Family Fun Day and continue their involvement in the South Florida community.

For more information please contact the Winterfest office at (954) 767-0686 or visit the website at winterfestparade.com.       

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