2021 Winterfest Parade Winners

PARADE DATE: DECEMBER 11, 2021

Look for updates on Special Awards and Remember to VOTE EVERY DAY for the People’s Choice Award

SPECIAL AWARDS INCLUDE Rookie Award, Passionate for Parades (in more than one Parade – awards are based on boaters entering the Pompano Parade), Bob Leider – Best in Television, KAYE PEARSON AWARD – Spirit of Innovation, BEACON LIGHTS AWARDS – Use of Moving Lights, ADMIRAL AWARD – Spirit and Enthusiasm, JOE MILLSAPS AWARD – Military Spirit Award, and PEOPLE’S CHOICE.

2021 #BOAT ENTRYCATEGORY FOR JUDGEAWARDSSPECIAL AWARDS
DROMANTIC VENICEPRESHOWOVERALL 
GMOORE PADDLEBOARDERSPRESHOWLIGHTS 
HSOUTH FLORIDA KAYAK MEET-UP    PRESHOWENTERTAINMENTPASSIONATE FOR PARADES
1U.S. COAST GUARD 45GOVERNMENT PASSIONATE FOR PARADES
1U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER HUDSONGOVERNMENTOVERALL 
2WINTERFEST FIREWORKS PRESENTED BY FORDBARGEOVERALL 
3FORT LAUDERDALE FIRE BOAT 49GOVERNMENT LIGHTS 
4SEMINOLE HARD ROCK WINTERFEST GRAND MARSHAL SHOWBOAT PRESENTED BY FIFTH THIRD BANKSHOWBOATTHEME 
5MARINE INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION ON BOARD SUMMERWINDCHARTER 60+  
6REPUBLIC NATIONAL DISTRIBUTING COMPANY ON BOARD CATALINASHOWBOATENTERTAINMENT 
7AARP CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF WINTERFEST ON BOARD BALLYHOOBARGELIGHTS 
8ADVANCED ROOFING ON BOARD MILLIECOMMERCIAL 35-59OVERALLPASSIONATE FOR PARADES
9MOBILE MIKE ON BOARD REFLECTIONCOMMERCIAL 60+  
10THE BEATLES ON BOARD WATER TAXICHARTER 20-59THEME 
11WE WILL ROCK YOU ON BOARD WET DREAMPRIVATE 35-59THEME 
12THE ICE CREAM FLOATCOMMERCIAL 20-34LIGHTS 
13BISCAYNE BAY FOUNDATIONNON-PROFIT 20-34LIGHTS 
14NSU STUDENT VETERANS ON BOARD STARMARKERCOMMERCIAL 35-59  JOE MILLSAPS AWARD
15THE PARIS PRINCESSPRIVATE UNDER 20OVERALL 
16FELICITYPRIVATE 20-34LIGHTS 
17KARMA BROWARD ON MIDNIGHT EXPRESSCOMMERCIAL 35-59LIGHTS 
18JR. CAPTAIN SHOWBOAT POWERED BY FPL & TWO MEN AND A TRUCKSHOWBOATOVERALL 
19WELLINGTON CONSERVATION CENTER ON BOARD MUSETTECHARTER 60+  
20BALLYHOOBARGETHEME 
21MR BOBBPRIVATE 60 – 79OVERALL PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
22WSVN ON BOARD THE VENETIAN LADYSHOWBOATLIGHTS 
23CELSIUS ON BOARD CAPRICECHARTER 60+LIGHTS 
24THE ROCKPRIVATE 20-34  
25KEY LARGONON-PROFIT 20-34OVERALL 
2826′ SAILFISHPRIVATE 20-34THEME
29POSEIDON MARINECOMMERCIAL 20-34LIGHTS 
30AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION’S TURQUOISE TAKEOVERNON-PROFIT 35-59  
31SEA SCOUTS ON BOARD SHAKE A LEG MIAMISAILBOATLIGHTS 
32DUNN DEALPRIVATE 20-34  ROOKIE
33TOY SOLDIERS ON BOARD OTTERSAILBOATENTERTAINMENT 
34WAR EAGLENON-PROFIT 35-59ENTERTAINMENT 
35NAVIGATORSAILBOAT 20-34OVERALL 
36SAVOIR-FAIREPRIVATE 80+OVERALL 
37THE FINE EXPERIENCENON-PROFIT 60+ LIGHTSPASSIONATE FOR PARADES
38TWIN PEAKS ON BOARD SUNDREAMCHARTER 60+  
39KNOT ON CALLPRIVATE 20-34  
42NAUTI PILOTPRIVATE 35-59LIGHTSPASSIONATE FOR PARADES
43REEL BUSYPRIVATE 20-34  
44SAILS CALLPRIVATE 35-59  
45KAMA SUTURE PRIVATE 20-34 ROOKIE
47SLIP N’ FALL STEVEPRIVATE 20-34  
48 FPI SECURITY SERVICES ON BOARD THE SOUTH FLORIDA PRINCESSCHARTER 60+  
49CRUISIN’ TIKISCHARTER 20-59OVERALL 
5050TH ANNIVERSARY OF WINTERFESTCHARTER 60+ENTERTAINMENT 
51SEA TOW & THE 12 DINGHIES OF CHRISTMASCOMMERCIAL 20-34OVERALLPASSIONATE FOR PARADES
52SEXY FISHPRIVATE 60-79THEME 
53MAGIC MOMENTCOMMERCIAL 60+OVERALLPASSIONATE FOR PARADES
54FLOCKFEST ON BOARD RUBBERDUCKNON-PROFIT 60+OVERALL 
55RISQUE CALCULEPRIVATE 35-59  
57UNDER THE SEA ON BOARD WATER TAXICHARTER 60+OVERALL
58WINTERFEST PATRIOTIC RED, WHITE & BLUE ON BOARD WATER TAXISHOWBOATSOUND 
60MISS DIRECTIONPRIVATE 80+SOUND 
61BROWARD COLLEGE ON BOARD WATER TAXICOMMERCIAL 35-59  
62BLUEFOOT PIRATES WITH THE FLORIDA RENAISSANCE FESTIVALCHARTER 20-59SOUND 
63DA PLUG PROMOTIONPRIVATE 20-34  
64MISS NICOLEPRIVATE 35-59OVERALL 
65NEGRONI LAW GROUP ONBOARD NO PHOTOS PLEASECOMMERCIAL 35-59  
66ISLAND TIMECHARTER 20-59LIGHTS 
67ESPE FOUNDATION ON BOARD EPICNON-PROFIT 35-59LIGHTS 
68DINING DIVAS ON BOARD COLLEEN MARIECOMMERCIAL 35-59  
69LA SIRENEPRIVATE 35-59LIGHTS 
70EL LADRILLO IIIPRIVATE 80+LIGHTSBOB LEIDER – Best in Television
71DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’PRIVATE 60-79SOUND 
72M/Y DISCOPRIVATE 35-59  
73CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF FT LAUDERDALE ON BOARD FLAMINGONON-PROFIT 60+ENTERTAINMENT 
74MSP RECOVERY ON BOARD NAMASTEPRIVATE 80+ KAYE PEARSON AWARD – Spirit of Innovation
75TURNAROUNDPRIVATE 35-59SOUNDPASSIONATE FOR PARADES (Boca)
76REEL ESTATEPRIVATE 35-59 
77AQUARIUSPRIVATE 20-34  
78REY OF SUNSHINECOMMERCIAL 35-59  
79REEL SURVIVORPRIVATE 35-59 
80LOVE SHACKCHARTER 20-59ENTERTAINMENT
82PADDLE PUBCOMMERCIAL 35-59  
83RENAND FOUNDATION ONBOARD SOARNON-PROFIT 35-59ENTERTAINMENT 
84MISS ADVENTUREPRIVATE 20-34 
85OMEGA PSI PHI ON BOARD THE GRAND PRINCESSCHARTER 60+  
86CLOSING TIMEPRIVATE 20-34LIGHTS 
87M/Y SQUAD HOUSECOMMERCIAL 35-59 
88SEAVORCEPRIVATE 20-34  
89MARINE TOYS FOR TOTS ON BOARD STAY AFLOAT PARTY BOATNON-PROFIT 35-59LIGHTS 
90BELLA CANDELAPRIVATE 20-34 ROOKIE
91BRANDON’S BOATPRIVATE 20-34THEME 
92BOTTOM FEEDERPRIVATE 20-34  
93PERFECT LIFEPRIVATE 35-59 ROOKIE
96FLORIDA CHILDREN’S THEATER ON BOARD BLACK PEARLNON-PROFIT 35-59OVERALL
97CATHOLIC HEALTH SERVICES LIVE NATIVITY ON BOARD WATER TAXINON-PROFIT 60+LIGHTS 
98NONPROFITS & RED CROSS ON BOARD UNEXPECTED PLEASURESAILBOAT 60+OVERALL 
99MISS PONTOONCHARTER 20-59 ADMIRAL AWARD – SPIRIT & ENTHUSIASM
100WEST MARINE BRINGS SANTA ON BOARD JUNGLE QUEENCHARTER 60+THEME 

Storytime with Santa

Storytime with Santa presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital with a special thank you to Visit Lauderdale for inviting the Jolly ol’ Elf to beautiful Greater Fort Lauderdale and Broward County to enjoy a little vacation before his busy night!

Where does Santa Vacation?

Visit Lauderdale Knows were to find Santa –

Do you want to vacation like Santa? Check out all the hotel packages on the winterfestparade.com website and Vaca like the Jolly Ol’ Elf

Outdoor Parade Viewing Area

Prime Parade Viewing Area at Las Olas Intracoastal Park

Get Your Tickets Today for Winterfest’s VIEWING LOCATION where Las Olas Boulevard meets the Intracoastal Waterway. Your ticket lets you experience a wonderful afternoon and evening of festival activities, interactive games, continuous stage entertainment, vendors, photo opportunities with Santa Claus, Stanley from the Florida Panthers, and other mascots before the main event – the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. This new viewing location brings the Parade earlier to our guests (around 7 pm) and allows organizers to continue the fun with a concert following our Santa show float.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AREA:

  • Conveniently located adjacent to public parking, rideshare drop-offs, and shuttle services from local hotels. CLICK HERE for a list of Winterfest Weekend specials from our hotel partners
  • Continuous entertainment on the City of Fort Lauderdale’s stage. After the Parade passes, the area transforms into a concert with the Shane Duncan Band
  • Hungry? Thirsty? Don’t worry, we have you covered! Stella Artois Culinary Corner will have a variety of festival foods, featuring beverages from Stephen’s Distributing as well as Coca-Cola and LaCroix products.
  • Photo opportunities with the jolly man himself – Santa before he rides in the Parade
  • Parade Commentary provided by iHeart personality
  • Download the Winterfest App for updates and opportunities to vote for your favorite boat.
  • CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO of past viewing area footage by WSVN Channel 7 to get an idea of all the excitement

Additional Tips and Parking CLICK HERE.

Winterfest 50th Anniversary Shout Out on Boat Boss

Thank you, Kim Sweers, for welcoming me to the helm of Boat Boss. Great platform to promote the 50th-anniversary celebration of Winterfest. Be a part of all the events leading up to the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade on 12.11.21.

Kim Sweers and Lisa Scott-Founds on Boat Boss

Winterfest Installs Executive Officers and 2021 Board of Directors

NEWS RELEASE

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – APRIL 12, 2021 – Winterfest, Inc. announced today that it has appointed Mark A. Swenson, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management Wealth Advisor at UBS Financial Services – The Garvin Financial Team, as chairman of the board. The 2021-2022 Winterfest Board will be effective Monday, April 12, 2021. The handing over of the gavel from the current chair, Susan Renneisen, Vice President of Community Affairs & Special Events at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to Mr. Swenson. Chair-Elect Bill Walker, Principal, CEO of Water Taxi of Fort Lauderdale LLC, Boat Parade Chair Britt Lanier, Franchisee Owner of Two Men and a Truck/Fort Lauderdale, Davie, and Boca Raton, and Parade Enhancement Chair James Harrison, owner of Frank and Jimmie’s Prop Shop start their new roles as well. Additional new members include

Executive Officers:

Chair
Mark Swenson
Sr. Vice President – Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services

Chair Elect
Bill Walker
Owner, Water Taxi of Fort Lauderdale, LLC

Immediate Past Chair
Susan Renneisen
V.P. of Community Affairs & Special Events, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 

Secretary
Lisa Duke
Chief Financial Officer, Walter Duke + Partners

Assistant Secretary
Karla Nelson-Thatcher
Director of Public Relations, Events, Media, Hotwire Communications

Treasurer
Ken Ortner
Director, Kenneth A Ortner, P.A.

Assistant Treasurer
James Ray
Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Bank

Co-Counsel
Robyn Vines
Attorney, Gray Robinson Attorneys at Law

Co-Counsel
Johnny Williams
Managing Partner, ProMotion Sports & Entertainment, LLC

Lisa Scott-Founds
President & CEO, Winterfest, Inc.

Executive Board:

Robert Kornahrens
President, Advanced Roofing / Advanced Green Technologies

Britt Lanier
Franchise Owner, Two Men and a Truck

Dan Lindblade
President & CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

Gregg Snowden
VP, Account Director, GTB, South Florida Ford

Bob Swindell
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, President and CEO

New Board Members:

Melanie Dickinson
South Florida Business Journal, President & Publisher

Seth Rand
Wizard Digital, Co-Founder & CEO

Shane Strum
Broward Health, Chief Executive Officer

New Advisory Members:

Erick Eldridge
Vice President of Operations, Light Up The Night

Luis Jimenjez
Principal (Owner), Suncoast Elevator Company, Inc.

Lt. Raymond C. Milne IV
Commanding Officer of Station Ft. Lauderdale, United States Coast Guard

L. Katerina Perez
Partner Relations & Development, Florida Panthers, Vice President

(complete list of Winterfest Board and Advisory Members with photos can be found by clicking here)

“We are pleased to welcome Mark, Bill, Britt, and James to their new roles along with our new executive, board, and members,” said Lisa Scott-Founds, President and CEO. “Their new positions are an integral part of Winterfest during the Parade’s 50th Anniversary Celebration this year. The 2021 Board, Parade, and Enhancement Chairs are all boaters. They are focused on bringing our signature event, the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade to the next level. This is an exciting time with plans in the final stages for this memorable year. We look forward to showcasing the Parade enhancements of this community event with a global audience.” 

Meet Mark A. Swenson

photo of Mark Swenson
Mark Swenson

Mark has been involved with Winterfest since 2008 as a volunteer dock walker Parade night. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2010 and transitioned to Parade Chair in 2015.

A native of Minnesota, Mark grew up on Lake Minnetonka (about 30 miles from Minneapolis). An avid boater, Mark has been behind a wheel his entire life and spent his high school summers captaining charter boat cruises and jet skiing. Along with his passion for the water, Mark competitively played basketball and tennis in high school and college. He continues to play basketball recreationally weekly with friends and colleagues. Aftergraduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Economics, Mark moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2002 and started his career with UBS, The Financial Services, in 2007. He met his wife, Christine, at work, married in 2013, and lives in Lauderdale Harbors. Along with their beautiful three-year-old daughter, Annika, the family enjoys frequent trips on their boat to the Florida Keys and Bahamas as well as backcountry mountain snowmobiling in Wyoming. 

“Winterfest is the best example of fun and camaraderie our community has on the water and brings families together in a way no other event can here in South Florida. Whether you are a boater, waterway enthusiast, or shoreline spectator; this event has something for everyone. I was hooked the first night that I volunteered, and I am looking forward to leading this board on a path to create the best celebration of the Parade’s golden anniversary. “

Meet Bill Walker

Board Member Bill Walker
Bill Walker

Bill has been an active board member since 2016 and a Parade participant since 2007. Bill started his career on the waterways of Boston and has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He has a proven track record leading successful ventures in business, the marine industry, and public service. These ventures have led to the purchasing of high and low-speed passenger vessel service. This 150-employee business, focused on guest services and excellent marine practices, has a proven track record of safety and reliability. These experiences transporting guests for public services, and private ventures, along with marketing have made Water Taxi recognizable by both tourists and residents. Along with Winterfest, Bill is active as a board member on the Marine Advisory of Fort Lauderdale, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Birch State Park, Las Olas Association, Riverwalk, and is a member of the Marine Industry Association of South Florida, and Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center.

“Winterfest is the annual event that brings the City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County family and friends together. The year after year presentation of the ‘Best Show on H2O’ is a tradition that is experienced locally and seen inter-nationally. While the Parade brings tons of fun, Winterfest and its foundation bring year-round events and contributions to the area.”

Meet Britt Lanier

Britt Lanier
Britt Lanier

Britt has been a Parade Participant in Winterfest since 2001, which led to his becoming a member of the Boat Parade Committee. In 2017, Britt was invited to the Winterfest Advisory Committee and took on the position of Parade Enhancement Chair. In 2019, he became a board member while continuing as Parade Enhancement Chair and serving on additional committees furthering the future vision of Winterfest. Since opening his first Two Men and a Truck® franchise in South Florida in 1999, he has expanded that one office into four offices in Broward and Palm Beach. Britt is active on the board of Riverwalk and involved with charities such as Forever Family, Riverwalk Trust, Women in Distress, AVDA, Harvest Drive, Kids in Distress, United Way, American Cancer Society, as well as entering approximately 10 holiday parades annually. Britt is happiest on the water with his wife and two daughters. The oldest of which will be following in his footsteps to FSU after graduating from high school this year.

“One of the first things that attracted me to Two Men and a Truck as a company was their commitment to giving back to local communities. Winterfest may be the ‘best show on H2O’ but their dedication to the Greater Fort Lauderdale community, non-profits, and local businesses is at their core and why I love helping in whatever capacity I can. Getting to work with the boats and boaters is the reward.”

Meet Jimmie Harrison

Board Member Jimmie Harrison

Jimmie is a native of Fort Lauderdale and lives in Rio Vista with his wife, Isabelle where they raised their two daughters – Martine, an artist, and Christie, who works in the family business, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller. He is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale – Graphic Design, University of North Carolina Asheville – Business, and Florida Atlantic University – Marketing. Jimmie’s hobbies include all things boating: Offshore Power Boat racing (4x National Champion). poker runs, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, Bahamas trips as well as playing guitar, going to concerts/live comedy shows, snow skiing, traveling, art, and photography. His first working boat show was at the age of six. He started at the family business in 1973 as a teenager working after school and summers and became the owner in 1992. With Jimmie at the helm, the company has grown into the largest propeller shop in the country. They have opened and are partnered with additional FJ Propeller shops in Miami, Lake of the Ozarks, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Columbia. He is also the founder of Neptune Boat Lifts, a boat lift manufacturing company in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to his involvement with Winterfest, he serves as Vice Chairman of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), Fort Lauderdale Marine Advisory Board, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber’s Economic Advisory Board, and sponsor of the MIASF Waterway Clean-up, the Plywood Regatta, and numerous other community events.

“Growing up here I always knew this was the best place in the world to live, work and play and Winterfest showcases that we truly are the Yachting Capital of the World! I’m very excited and grateful to now be a part of nurturing and growing the Winterfest experience.”

For additional information on the Chairmen of Winterfest, Board/Advisory members, how to get involved as a sponsor, boater, or volunteer, call Winterfest, Inc. at 954-767-0686.

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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 Winterfest Boat Parade – “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.” Spectators view the Parade along the 12-mile route 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 website: www.winterfestparade.com. FB: winterfest.parade #WinterfestFL #WF50

Happy Birthday #WinterfestFL 2016 Poster Artist Charles Fazzino

A reflection of the artist’s past and a nod to the future

Happy Birthday Charles Fazzino! On your birthday (12/26) we take a moment to reflect on your creativity for the Parade’s 45th Anniversary, Fort Lauderdale’s Centennial and look forward to seeing your creativity for Winterfest’s 50th Anniversary in 2021.

Disney’s Aladdin brings A Whole New World of entertainment to the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball presented by Ford

Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 10, 2019) Winterfest, Inc. and Disney Theatrical Productions announce the theme of the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Black Tie Ball presented by Ford in association with Republic National Distributing Company. Your Broadway wish will be granted during the premier social event of 2019. On Saturday, December 7th, the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Black Tie Ball will host special performances from Disney’s Aladdin.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood will produce the event with luxurious and exotic décor.  “We are looking forward to blending the magic of Disney’s Aladdin with the creative minds of our outstanding production team,” said Susan Renneisen, vice president of community affairs and special events for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. “As the 2019-2021 chairwoman of Winterfest, Inc. and co-chair of the Black Tie Ball, I always look forward to captivating the beauty, inspiration, and awe of Broadway. The entertainment and overall experience of this gala is unprecedented because of Winterfest’s affiliation with Broadway Across America.”

The Seminole Hard Rock Ballroom will transform into a cave of wonders for South Florida’s signature holiday gala boasting over 900 attendees.  With just one rub of a magic lamp, guests will journey to the fictional land of Agrabah. Live performances and colorful décor will transport attendees from the moment they step into The Red “Magic Carpet” Reception. As the evening progresses, décor will immerse guests into Aladdin’s adventures as he stumbles upon the magic lamp, wish-granting genie and beautiful Princess Jasmine.

It doesn’t take three wishes to attend this year’s gala. Tables of 10 range from $3000-$5000 and reservations are now being accepted. This highly desirable event will sell out quickly. Didn’t get the digital invite? Click on the link: http://bit.ly/WinterfestBall2019, visit winterfestparade.com or call 954.767.0686 for more details.

Disney’s Aladdin will play a limited two-week engagement at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale from January 8 – 19, 2020.

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

About Aladdin

Aladdin, the hit musical based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 14 New Amsterdam Theatre house records; worldwide it has welcomed more than 10 million people and grossed over $1 billion. Its global footprint includes productions in Tokyo, Hamburg and on tour across North America.

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and six-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).  

Aladdin, adapted from the animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical.  Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance.  This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.

The animated film Aladdin was released by Disney in 1992 and was a critical and box office smash, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year.  

The film won the Oscar for Best Original Score and introduced the hit song “A Whole New World,” which won the second of the film’s two Academy Awards as Best Original Song.  The Peabo Bryson/Regina Belle recording of the tune soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Aladdin is designed by seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, six-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis.

The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira.  The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly. 

For more information, visit AladdinTheMusical.com/tour, Facebook.com/Aladdin and Twitter.com/Aladdin.

Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Aladdin, the US tour, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin, starring Jonah Ho’ Okano (Aladdin), Kaena Kekoa (Jasmine), Zach Bencal (Babkak), Colt Prattes (Kassim), Ben Chavez (Omar) and Korie Lee Blossey (Genie) directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

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

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 $25-$30 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.