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Boat Committee Meeting Have Started!

It is looking like Winterfest with the start of the Parade’s Boat Committee Meetings. We are happy to announce our 2018 host location – Lauderdale Yacht Club. If you would like to be involved with the “Greatest Show on H2O”  – please contact Kathy at the Winterfest office. 954-767-0686.


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Lauderdale Yacht Club

Home of the Parade’s Boat Committee Meetings!

Lauderdale Yacht Club was founded in 1938 and is located in the Heart of Sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Home to one of the most elite junior sailing programs in the nation, LYC continues to strive in our endeavor to invest in the Youth of the Community, who are interested in Seamanship. In addition to Sailing, the Club has a wide variety of Social Events, Fine Dining, Marina, a Thriving Tennis Program, Junior Olympic Swimming Pool and much more.   Members at Lauderdale Yacht Club enjoy an elegant lifestyle with exceptional service that offers traditional and family friendly values.

For more information about our Club and its amenities contact our Membership & Communications Director, Michelle Metzger at michelle.metzger@lyc.org.


Donate today and be a fellow Heartwalker!

Life is Why! Join me, Lisa Scott-Founds, President & CEO of Winterfest, Inc.  in supporting the American Heart Association! Please join me as I walk and cheer on my fellow Heartwalkers. Imagine April 22nd as the day we strive to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and stroke 

– one step – one day – one goal – 

Please help us change the lives of our community

DONATE to my page today!

Thank you in advance for your support!



December 15, 2018 – “Best of the 80s” Theme

Go Back In Time with the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

Parade Date: December 15, 2018 with the theme: “Best of the 80s”

Video Flashback courtesy of Hotwire Communications: https://youtu.be/X7WRofAFbyc

BOATERS: Join The Biggest 80s Party on the Water!

Boater “Dudes / Dudettes”— 

We want to welcome you to the “Rad” Winterfest Family and join the Parade on December 15, 2018 when we “Like Totally” go back in time!

Enter your decorated boat for only $35* (* privately owned / no advertising) on our website: https://winterfestparade.com/parade-application

Want to advertise your business? Entry fees start at only $250.00

Don’t want to decorate? Consider teaming up with a nonprofit organization to create   a “Fresh” entry OR be a “ Totally Tubular” Control Boat on Parade night.

For more   information, visit: https://winterfestparade.com/events/control-boat-meeting                                      

Questions? Don’t be “wiggin’ out”! Call Winterfest: 954-767-0686


Winterfest Recognized with Multiple SFEA Kaleidoscope Awards

The best and brightest were spotlighted this week at the Southeast Festivals and Events Association’s Kaleidoscope Awards, in Murfreesboro, TN on February 26th.  The ceremony was held in conjunction with the 15th Annual SFEA Conference. Top festivals and events throughout the southeast were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the events industry.

“The quality of submissions continues to increase each year making it more difficult for the judges to select the winners,” noted Brenda Pierce, executive director for SFEA.  “Of course, to ‘win gold,’ becomes all the sweeter when there is additional competition and the recognition a festival receives for winning is priceless.”

The name “kaleidoscope” was selected due to the colors in the logo image that represent the many different elements and facets within festivals and events.  A call for entries was posted last fall and all southeast festivals and events were encouraged to participate.  A panel of experts in event planning, marketing and tourism spent an entire day reviewing the entries from eight states. The judges looked for originality, creativity, media impact, volunteer programs, and the overall impact to the community.

Winterfest, Inc. producers of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade – the World’s Most Watch Boat Parade – headquartered in Broward County, Florida, won in multiple Kaleidoscope Award Categories. The 2017 Winterfest poster painted by local Fort Lauderdale artist, April Renee Kirk, won silver in the promotional poster division. The Parade’s television commercials produced by WSVN, Channel 7, won Bronze and the Winterfest Black Tie Ball digital invitation won Silver produced by Blue Truck Media, Inc.

The Kaleidoscope Awards were sponsored by Classic Tents & Events, Norcross, GA and Pit Stop Portable Restroom Company, Marietta, GA. Classic Tents’ representative Karen Alcock and Pit Stop representatives Brett and Amanda Roques presented the awards to the winners.

Southeast Festivals & Events Association Award Winner Decal

Happy Holidays from the Winterfest Chair, Parade Chair and Staff

A Little Holiday Fun from the Winterfest Team: Chairman of the Board – Ben Wesley, Parade Chair – Mark Swenson, President & CEO – Lisa Scott-Founds, Event Director – Dawn Read and Marketing & Parade Director – Kathy Keleher.

Happy Holidays and mark the Parade date for next year: December 15, 2018

This Video was created by Elf Yourself!


2017 Winterfest Television Show


SOUTH FLORIDA: Watch the Winterfest® Television Special on WSVN 7 on December 16 (7 p.m.), December 25 (5 a.m. and 12 NOON) and January 1 (5 a.m. and 12 NOON).

BOSTON: Sister stations will air the Parade on December 25 at 1 p.m. (WHDH) and December 24 at 5 p.m. and December 25 at 10 a.m. (WLVI).

STATE OF FLORIDA: The Winterfest® Television Special is shared around the state through a network partnership with WSVN and

FOX Sports Sun is rebroadcast throughout the holiday season.

Sat 12/23/2017 03:00 PM
Sun 12/24/2017 02:00 PM
Wed 12/27/2017 04:00 PM
Sat 12/30/2017 01:00 PM
Tue 01/02/2018 04:00 PM
Fri 01/05/2018 12:00 PM
Sat 01/06/2018 06:30 PM
Sat 01/13/2018 01:00 PM
Thu 01/18/2018 12:00 AM
Fri 01/19/2018 12:00 PM
Tue 01/23/2018 11:00 PM
Thu 01/25/2018 09:00 AM
Sun 01/28/2018 10:00 PM
Tue 01/30/2018 12:00 AM
Wed 01/31/2018 11:00 AM

SEE IT LIVE: AROUND THE WORLD: Hello Sunny and  EyeOnSouthFlorida.com will stream the Parade live .

ROCK THE VOTE:  VOTE for Your Favorite Parade Entry. One Random Voter will have a chance to Fly Away!

There are a variety of ways to vote:

  • Download the Winterfest App
  • Text your favorite boat’s number to “23000” (example – Boat100)

2017 Winterfest – Parade Winners

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade! The complete list of winners will be noted on our website!
Below is a list of the OVERALL WINNERS for this year AND remember – you can still vote for your favorite boat in the Parade by texting Boat # to 23000 or vote on the Winterfest App!

Barge: Winterfest Broadway Barge decorated by Sixth Star Entertainment

Charter: Light Up The Night (LUTN) Broadway entry aboard Water Taxi – Island Discovery
Classic: Aurora
Private (20-39): Our Particular Harbour

Private (40-59): Bimini Twist
Private (60+): Mr. Bobb
Commercial (20-39) West Insurance aboard My Time

Commercial (40-59): Advanced Roofing Aboard Millie

Commercial (40-59): Event Decorating Academy aboard Kalessi

Non-Profit (20-39) Hand and Feet for All Inc. aboard Negs in the Party

Non-Profit (40-59) Sea Cadets aboard Archer

Non-Profit (60+) Sweet Dream Makers aboard Blue Seas

Showboat: WSVN Channel Seven – Christmas Story decorated by Deco Productions


Barge: South Florida Ford Barge
Charter: BB&T Dragon aboard Musette decorated by Designs by Sean
Private (20-39): Vet Pets

Non-Profit (60+): Flamingo

Non-Motorized: Paddleboarders
Commercial (40-59) Louie Bossi aboard Boss Sea
Showboat: Santa aboard Jungle Queen

Barge: The Ballyhoo
Charter: Chinese Lantern Festival aboard Water Taxi
Commercial (40-59): Two Men & A Truck

Commercial (60+) Sunset Catch Restaurant aboard Nichalsa III
Private (20-29): Felicity
Non-Profit (40-59): Toys for Tots aboard the 12 dinghies
Non-Motorized: Kayakers
Sailboat: Stargazer
Showboat: Sprint aboard River Queen

Charter: Bluefoot Pirate Adventures

Commercial (40-59): Georgia Pig aboard Gone Fitz’n
Private (20-39): Once Upon A Time

Showboat: Republic National Distributing, Inc.

Look for Winner Update with the specialty awards added after the television special on December 16 and remember to vote for People’s Choice Award (voting ends January 6th).


Winner of the Southwest Airline Tickets:

Seminole Hard Rock Voted Top 10 in the USA Today 2017

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade is one of the winners of the  category in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest.  http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-holiday-parade-2017/.

The top ten winners in this category are as follows:

  1. Mummers Parade
  2. America’s Thanksgiving Parade
  3. Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade
  4. Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
  5. Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade
  6. Reston Holiday Parade
  7. Christmas Ship Parade
  8. Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
  9. Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade
  10. McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade