Winterfest® Launch Party Hosted a Star-Studded Event with Parade Highlights and Poster Unveiling

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Kathy Keleher, Winterfest, Inc.
954-767-0686, kathy@winterfestparade.com
Website: winterfestparade.com
FB: winterfest.parade
Twitter/Instagram: WinterfestInc
#WinterfestFL

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (October 22, 2022) – South Floridians know the holidays are here when the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade comes to town. The Gray Robinson, P.A. Winterfest® Launch Party, recently held at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, gave guests a taste of the neon glow and glamour they should expect in December. A video produced by Hotwire Communications started the evening with event and Parade highlights, followed by the unveiling of the commemorative poster by Dennis Friel and announcement of the Grand Marshals.

Culinary creations featured Casa Calabria Restaurant, along with other local establishments such as 3030 Ocean, Andy’s Live Fire Grill, Billy’s Stone Crab, Eddie V’s, Mimi’s Ravioli, Piazza Italia, Fogo de Chao, Sea Level, Timpano, and BK Lobster. Republic National Distributing Company highlighted their brands with decadent cocktails created with 13 Celsius, Benziger Tribute, Chloe and Cupcake Wines, Brugal 1888, Cointreau, Deep Eddy Vodka, Fireball Whisky, Remy Martin, Happy Dad along with Stella Artois, and a sampling of LaCroix Sparkling Water and Celsius energy drinks complimented the Neuvana Lounge.

Event Chairwomen Alyssa Lovitt of I LOV-ITT Events, LLC. and Gray Robinson P.A. partner, Robyn Vines, welcomed guests with Winterfest® President & CEO, Lisa Scott-Founds and Winterfest® Chairman Mark Swenson as the under the sea themed room peaked the excitement of the attendees for this year’s Parade.

Y-100’s Drew kept the entertainment flowing with Ivan Rodriguez Productions. Performances by Steven Avi on his neon-lighted violin, and sea and neon character photo ops from Florida Children’s Theatre and Pomp, Snow & CIRQUEumstance, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, and more. Guests made a splash as they entered Robinson’s Jewelers Grand Entrance.

Celebrities who attended the event:

  • Parade Captain – Bravo’s Below Deck: Captain Lee
  • Miss Florida USA – Taylor Fulford
  • Miss Florida Teen USA – Alyssa Khan
  • City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis
  • Broward County Mayor Michael Udine

Visual highlights of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade were featured on the screens. Here are a few of the Parade showstoppers coming to South Florida’s waterways on December 10th:

  • Kroger Delivery Fireworks Barge
  • Fifth Third Bank Grand Marshal Showboat, with the City of Fort Lauderdale, featuring the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Grand Marshals – Taylor Dayne, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick. 
  • Republic National Distributing Company Holiday Cheer Entry
  • Jr. Captain powered by FPL, moved by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK
  • Santa onboard Jungle Queen
  • WSVN Channel 7 Super Bowl Entry
  • Freedom Waters
  • Nutcracker 
  • Winterfest® Neon Nightlife Under the Sea “Octopus Garden” show float
  • Aqua-Flight fire show
  • Dinghies of Christmas with Winterfest®
  • Blue Foot Pirate Tours with Florida Renaissance Festival
  • Florida Children’s Theatre boat
  • Rudolph in the Parade Sing-along entry
  • Karaoke Show Float
  • H-PROOF
  • Blah Face, LLC
  • Sony Music’s new Country Duo Tigirlily on board Breezy Tiki

For more information on how you can be a participant in the Parade on December 10th, visit WinterfestParade.com or call 954-767-0686.

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Three Is A Magic Number For This Year’s Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade

Say “Bye Bye Bye” to just one and plan on being more than “Satisfied” with three Florida-based  Grand Marshals for Winterfest® 2022 – Taylor Dayne, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick

NEWS RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Kathy Keleher, Winterfest, Inc.
954-767-0686, kathy@winterfestparade.com
Website: winterfestparade.com
FB: winterfest.parade
Twitter/Instagram: WinterfestInc
#WinterfestFL

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Fort Lauderdale, FL (October 21, 2022) – Parade organizers announced this year’s Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Grand Marshals during the event’s kickoff celebration. The Winterfest® Launch Party boasted the Parade’s theme “Neon Nightlife Under the Sea” at the Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Justin Wyborn, vice president and assistant general manager of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, announced the three music icons from the 80s, 90s and 2000s who will be co-Grand Marshals; Taylor Dayne, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, members of the pop group *NSYNC.

Taylor Dayne:

Taylor’s career spans three decades from her groundbreaking debut single “Tell It To My Heart” to songs such as “Love Will Lead You Back” “Prove Your Love” and “I’ll Always Love You.” Taylor has sold over 75 million albums and singles worldwide, earned three Grammy nominations, an American Music Award, multiple New York Music Awards, received New York Music Hall of Fame honors and was ranked as the Number 18 Female Dance artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.  She is one of the very few artists in musical history to successfully crossover into almost every musical genre and chart with hit singles in Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult contemporary and Rock.

Along with her singing career, she has appeared in film, TV and stage, from Broadway favorites like Elton John’s award-winning production of “Aida,” and Mel Brooks “Archie” and “Mehitable,” to working with legendary composer Jules Styne to reprise the role of Fanny Brice on Broadway. Taylor also appeared in movies including “Love Affair” with Warren Beatty and Annette Benning and co-starred in Denis Leary’s TV drama “Rescue Me”. She also starred in the HBO film “STAG” and co-starred on Showtime’s original series “Rude Awakening” while continuing to record, write and produce her last two studio records “Naked Without You” and “Satisfied,” which gave her the Number 1 “Beautiful” and top 10 chart hit “Unstoppable.”

Taylor first book, a memoir, “Tell It To My Heart” was released in 2019 and was followed by a tour. She is currently in the development of a performance residency series called Dayne’s Den. Each show will feature Taylor alongside a special guest and live band, performing a selection of hits and sharing stories throughout the 70-90 minute event.

Taylor now calls South Florida home, and what better way to welcome her to Fort Lauderdale than have her be a co-Grand Marshal of the “Best Show On H2O.”

Joey Fatone:

Joey first rose to fame as a member of the record-shattering, multi-platinum boyband *NSYNC; but his career as a global pop icon is just the beginning. Over the past decade, he has gone on to find success as an actor, host, Broadway star, voiceover artist, dancer, and media personality with several successful television shows under his belt.

Starting at age seven, Joey starred alongside Robert DeNiro in the feature film “Once Upon a Time in America”. Growing up he was always drawn to entertainment, and at 17 he got a job at Universal Studios Orlando in the Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue. It was there that he met another theme park performer, Chris Kirkpatrick, which led to his joining *NSYNC./  Before long they were the hottest act in the U.S., Europe and beyond. They quickly became one of the most iconic pop groups in history.

Following *NSYNC’s incredible success with albums that sold over 10 million copies and countless awards, Joey became a prominent performer and personality in his own right. With projects spanning from television, film and theater, he has done it all. He hosted the popular, long-running show “My Family Recipe Rocks!” on the Live Well Network, which highlights the stories of homegrown cooks and their homemade specialties from around the country. He also hosted the cooking competition show, “Rewrapped” on the Food Network.  Expanding on his love of food, in 2016 Joey Fatone opened a food truck in Orlando called Fat One’s, serving hot dogs and Italian ice.

Joey has competed in reality TV shows from ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” to hosting NBC’s hit series “The Singing Bee” and “Celebrity Circus.” Joey’s character cousin Angelo in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (one and two) instantly became a fan favorite.

Other ventures include: hosting the game show “Common Knowledge” and he has recently performed at Epcot with the show “Joey Fatone and Friends” that included Chris Kirkpatrick, Ryan Cabrera, Nathan Morris of BOYZ II MEN, MC Search and more, and he has been doing a music trivia show on YouTube called “What Does Joey Know?” His recent residency in Las Vegas “The Aftr Party” featuring Joey Fatone, Wanya Morris, Nick Carter and AJ McLean was completely sold out.

He is currently filming Big Fat Greek Wedding 3.

Chris Kirkpatrick:

Chris moved to Orlando, Florida in 1990 to attend college. While living in Central Florida, he started working at Universal Studios, singing and performing in their theme park doo wop group, the Hollywood Hi Tones. 

Kirkpatrick is the founding member of the multi-platinum-selling Grammy-nominated pop group, *NSYNC. In 1995, Chris brought together the members of *NSYNC, who shortly after signed a record deal with BMG Germany and toured all over Europe. Their self-titled album, released in the Spring of 1997, hit number 1 in multiple European countries.

After the success of their debut release in Europe, *NSYNC went on to dominate the Billboard charts in the United States, first releasing their self-titled album on March 24, 1998, which went on to become certified 10x platinum. They followed that up with the 2000 release of “No Strings Attached.” It debuted at #1 with 2.4 million albums sold in one week, which held the record for most album sales in the first day and week for 15 years. “No Strings Attached” was the bestselling album of 2000. The group’s final album, “Celebrity” was released in the summer of 2001. It was their second album to debut at #1 and is certified 5x Platinum. 

After their success as a group, several members of *NSYNC started to work on solo projects, Chris created a casual and athletic-wear clothing line, FuMan Skeeto. He was also the lead singer of the rock-pop group, Nigels 11. They released a five-song EP in 2010 entitled, Clandestine Operation.

Kirkpatrick has continued to work in the entertainment industry as a voice over actor in animated shows such as Fairly Odd Parents and Stripperella. In addition, he was a cast member on VH1’s Mission Man Band and the second season of CMT’s Gone Country as well as the film Dead 7.

Kirkpatrick started his own non-profit organization, The Chris Kirkpatrick Foundation. He was inspired to start his own organization to help the lives of underprivileged children in Central Florida.

In 2021, Kirkpatrick participated in ABC‘s A Very Boy Band Holiday with Joey Fatone, Wanya Morris, and other figures from prominent boy bands. During the special, which aired on December 6, 2021, he sang “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and provided his vocals to numerous other holiday classics. In 2022, Kirkpatrick has served as the host of the popular “Pop 2k” tour, featuring performances from Ryan Cabrera, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Brad Fischetti of LFO, and O-Town.  He was also a houseguest in the third season of Celebrity Big Brother, and continues to tour and make guest appearances around the US.

Fun Fact: All three Grand Marshals have been on the television show “The Masked Singer” on Fox (Taylor as Popcorn in Season 4, Joey as the Rabbit in Season 1 and Chris as the Hummingbird in Season 8). 

“Winterfest is so excited to have these three iconic entertainers perform at the Grand Marshal Reception, and on board the Fifth Third Grand Marshal showboat,” said Lisa Scott-Founds, President & CEO of Winterfest®, Inc. “The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will be a floating concert with performances from the start to the finale.”

Other entertainment lined up to perform within the Parade is the TikTok Country Duo TigirLily, Three-Piece Band Kerst Lehmann & Black Tie Optional, Three-Piece Band Ricky Valido & The Hialeah Hillbillies and the Santa Finale with holiday music sponsored by Amazon. The parade will be herald by fireworks sponsored by Kroger Delivery.
Taylor Dayne, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick will be a part of a private Winterfest® Grand Marshal Reception at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood presented by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday, Dec. 9. The evening will include a special performance by violinist Steve Avi, celebrities such as Bravo’s Below Deck Captain Lee as well as a Child Ambassador. The trio will be performing together on stage during the reception, as well as the following night along the 12-mile Parade route as it sails along the New River, Intracoastal, the Parade Public Viewing Area presented by Baptist Health towards Pompano Beach. For more information on the Winterfest® Celebration, how to win tickets to the exclusive Grand Marshal event with iHeart, or to purchase tickets to watch the Parade, visit WinterfestParade.com or call 954-767-0686.

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Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Announces Another First For 2022

Say “Bye Bye Bye” to just one and plan on being more than “Satisfied” with three Florida-based  Grand Marshals for Winterfest® 2022 – Taylor Dayne, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick

NEWS RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Kathy Keleher, Winterfest, Inc.
954-767-0686, kathy@winterfestparade.com
Website: winterfestparade.com
FB: winterfest.parade
Twitter/Instagram: WinterfestInc
#WinterfestFL

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Fort Lauderdale, FL (October 24, 2022) – The highlight of the October 21, 2022 Winterfest Launch Party illuminated another first for the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade – not one, not two but three Grand Marshals.  Justin Wyborn, vice president and assistant general manager of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, made the announcement of three music icons from the 80s, 90s and 2000s will be co-Grand Marshals – Taylor Dayne, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick respectively, will serve as co-Grand Marshals. 

“Winterfest is so excited to have these three iconic entertainers perform at the Grand Marshal Reception on board the Fifth Third Grand Marshal showboat,” said Lisa Scott-Founds, President & CEO of Winterfest®, Inc. “The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will be a floating concert with performances from the start to the finale.”

The Grand Marshals will kick off the 2022 Winterfest Boat Parade riding aboard the lead yacht, performing for and addressing the thousands of parade partiers and views along the 12-mile New River and Intracoastal parade route, and parade viewers watching on WSVN-TV.  Parade Viewers at the Public Viewing Area presented by Baptist Health will be in for a special treat, as the parade makes its way towards Pompano Beach. 

Taylor Dayne’s career launched in the 1980s with a groundbreaking debut single, “Tell It To My Heart.”  A successful string of singles followed earning Dayne three Grammy nominations, and an American Music Award. She has sold over 75 million albums and singles worldwide.

Joey Fatone first rose to fame as a member of the record-shattering, multi-platinum boyband *NSYNC—Over the past decade, he has gone on to find success as an actor, host, Broadway star, voiceover artist, dancer, and media personality with several successful television shows under his belt.

Chris Kirkpatrick is a founding member of the multi-platinum-selling Grammy-nominated pop group, *NSYNC. After the success of their debut release in Europe, *NSYNC went on to dominate the Billboard charts in the United States with their self-titled album which went on to become certified 10x platinum. The 2000 release of “No Strings Attached” debuted at #1 with 2.4 million albums sold in one week, which held the record for most album sales in the first day and week for 15 years and became the bestselling album of 2000. 

Fun Fact: All three Grand Marshals have been on the television show The Masked Singer on Fox (Taylor as Popcorn in Season 4, Joey as the Rabbit in Season 1, and Chris as the Hummingbird in Season 8). 

Other entertainment lined up to perform within the Parade is the TikTok Country Duo TigirLily, three-piece bands Kerst Lehmann & Black Tie Optional, and Ricky Valido & The Hialeah Hillbillies and the Santa Finale with holiday music sponsored by Amazon. The parade will be heralded by fireworks sponsored by Kroger Delivery.

In addition to their parade appearances, the three Grand Marshals will be part of a private Winterfest® Grand Marshal Reception at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, presented by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday, Dec. 9 and will be performing at the event, another first for the Winterfest organization.   
For more information on the Winterfest Celebration, how to win tickets to the exclusive Grand Marshal event with iHeart or purchase tickets to watch the Parade, visit WinterfestParade.com or call 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 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade – “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.” On a typical year, more than one million 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 a variety of annual events to enhance the community’s image and provide unique, wholesome family entertainment. For more information, visit us online at winterfestparade.com, call 954-767-0686 or follow us: Facebook: winterfest.parade, Instagram: WinterfestInc. Join the conversation: #WinterfestFL 

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship-integrated resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination unveiled a $1.5 billion expansion in 2019, highlighting the debut of the world’s first and only Guitar Hotel. Between three hotel towers, the resort boasts 1,271 luxury guestrooms. Amenities include a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa® & Salon; an 18-acre recreational water experience; private “Bora Bora” style cabanas; more than 20 food and beverage outlets; an expansive gaming floor with 2,800 slots, more than 200 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space; and a 26,000 square-foot retail promenade. Hard Rock Live, ranked No. 3 worldwide in 2021 ticket sales for theatre venues by Pollstar Magazine, highlights A-list entertainers and performers, sporting events and live broadcast productions in an intimate 7,000-person capacity setting. Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood Seminole Reservation along State Road 7 (U.S. Highway 441). For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com call (800) 937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

For more information: 

Taylor Dayne , click here (clickable links on Winterfest website of bio and photo) 

Joey Fatone, click here (clickable links on Winterfest website of bio and photo)

Chris Kirkpatrick, click here (clickable links on Winterfest website of bio and photo)

Parade Public Viewing Area presented by Baptist Health towards Pompano Beach. For more information on the Winterfest Celebration, how to win tickets to the exclusive Grand Marshal event with iHeart or purchase tickets to watch the Parade, visit WinterfestParade.com or call 954-767-0686.

Santa At The Boat Show

Winterfest hosts Santa’s Vacations! This year, we are taking the “Jolly Ol’ Elf” to #FLIBS

🎅 You can find him with his Winterfest family in their “Holiday Corner” at the Convention Center! 🎄

❄️ 10/26 @ 12-3 PM

❄️ 10/27 @ 12-3 PM

❄️ 10/28 @ 12-3 PM

❄️ 10/29 @ 12-3 PM

❄️ 10/30 @ 1-4 PM

Times subject to change without notice – Santa will be taking breaks to feed his reindeer!

#WinterfestFL #SantaAtFLIBS #Santa #BoatParade #FLIBS2022