Hello Winterfest Boating Family

photo of Mark Swenson
Chairman Mark Swenson

I first wanted to start by saying I hope everyone is staying safe, hunkering down, and keeping a positive attitude during this extraordinary start to 2020.  This virus has impacted and disrupted everyone’s way of life one way or another, and we all look forward to putting this behind us in the near future.

As many of you know, Winterfest is much more than a single day event.  The overall experience of participating in the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade opens you up to some of the nicest, most entertaining, people we have here in South Florida.  From the events leading up to the Parade in December, to the ongoing Winterfest happy hours, the parade experience for everyone is second to none.

Currently, we have had to postpone a few of our events and in-person meetings for April and May. We will continue to assess the situation for June and July. However, the Winterfest staff and volunteers are doing everything we can to continually enhance the Winterfest experience for everyone…albeit in remote fashion from our kitchen tables!  We are updating our website with new content, reformatting it to make it easier for boaters to find information such as decorating ideas for this year’s theme (Masquerade on Parade…Dance and Song All Night Long), updating the Parade Manual, starting the permit process with City officials, and preparing our happy hours and events that lead up to our December 12th spectacle.  

I have been impressed to see all the various acts of kindness during this period, and have no doubt our community will be stronger than ever and will rally around our annual South Florida tradition…the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade!  This year’s event will be extra special given what everyone has gone through, and continuing to go through, here in South Florida. I appreciate more than ever the comradery of our Parade and the way it brings us all together.  In the meantime please stay safe, stay at home, wash your hands, and practice social distancing. The Winterfest staff values your support and encourages you to reach out during this time with any questions, ideas, and/or social media links to share with our Winterfest followers. We are only a phone call, zoom meeting, or email away and we would love to hear from you!  

I look forward to connecting with everyone again very soon!


Mark Swenson
Boat Parade Chairman
The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade


Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade December 12, 2020

Message From The President & CEO

As our communities in Broward County and around the world follow the recommendations to postpone group events, Winterfest, Inc. would like to minimize any conflicts when choosing rescheduled event dates. That said, we encourage local community leaders and organizers to collaborate and share their proposed calendars.

Let’s work together to help those who have had to postpone or cancel their events transition into this community’s social calendar with minimal event date conflicts. It is for this reason that Winterfest event dates are on our website and social media and it is our hope that all organizers would share their proposed dates early to help with rescheduling.

We will get past this, and once these safety measures are lifted, please post your event details on social media and ask Winterfest to share.

Our hearts go out to our entire community, to all the businesses, organizations and individuals impacted. We are in this together as a community, making hard choices while being ready to quickly bounce back into the social scene that makes South Florida such a wonderful place to live, work and play. 

Important Dates 

The Winterfest White Party
Friday, November 6, 2020

Family Fun Day
Sunday, November 22, 2020

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball
Saturday, December 5, 2020

Grand Marshal Reception
Friday, December 11, 2020

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade
‘Masquerade on Parade’ Dance and Song – All Night Long
Saturday, December 12, 2020

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


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.

Watch the Parade

You can see the parade two ways, on the web and on television.

Watch the WSVN Channel 7 Winterfest Television Special

  • Saturday, December 21st, 7 pm
  • Christmas Day (Wednesday, 25th) at 5 am and 12 noon
  • New Year’s Day at 5 am and 12 noon
  • Christmas Day (Wednesday, 25th) at 7 am and 9 pm
  • Thursday, December 26th, 1 pm
  • Saturday, December 28th, 3 pm
  • Tuesday, December 31, 3 pm
  • New Year’s Day (January 1st), 10 pm
  • Thursday, January 2nd, 8 am
  • Friday, January 3rd, 3 pm
  • Saturday, January 4th, 10 am
  • Monday, January 6th, 10 pm
BOSTON Broadcast
  • WHDH Saturday, December 28th, 3 pm
  • WLVI Sunday, December 29th, 5 pm

Watch the Parade on the Web

Visit Eye on South Florida (this link will take you directly to their website).

Winterfest, Inc. Wins Big At IFEA/Haas Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards

International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA)

Announces 2019 Pinnacle Award Winners

Boise, Idaho- The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade – produced by Winterfest, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on September 25, 2019 at the IFEA’s 64th Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A. where they were presented with twelve awards in the prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition.  Awards were won in the following categories:













Sponsored by industry leader Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, the professional competition draws entries from some of the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, OH; the OC Fair in Costa Mesa, CA; the Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA; the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC; the City of West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL; the Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville, KY; the Pasadena Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, CA; the City of McAllen in McAllen, TX; the Macon, Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, GA; The Parade Company in Detroit, MI; the Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia, PA; High Point University in High Point, NC; and Canada Day at Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

International winners included such diverse event organizations as RedFilo Events, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Destination NSW, Sydney, Australia; Cuckoo Events, Dublin, Ireland; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia; Geumsan Insam Festival in Gangeneung-si, South Korea; and the Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival, Songpa-gu, South Korea.

Awards were handed out in 69 different categories in total including Best TV Promotion; Social Media Site; Commemorative Poster; Sponsorship Program; Parade; Educational Program, Accessibility Program; Children’s Program; Social Media Campaign; Merchandising Program in addition to the highest award given by the IFEA in recognition of those Festivals and Events who have a balance of all the elements necessary to ensure a successful event – the Grand Pinnacle.

“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE. “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world. Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”

Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premier Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East (MENASA), and IFEA North America, the organization’s common vision is for “A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration.” The Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide.


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

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

Hotels and Transportation For Winterfest Events

Hotel Partners: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, FL, Harbor Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, Hilton Fort Lauderdale and Riveside Hotel on the Parade route.

Transportation Partners: Southwest Airlines, Water Taxi and Brightline

Looking for a hotel for our various events?

11/24/19 FAMILY FUN DAY – this is a free event – celebrate getting together with friends and family and stay locally!

12/7/19 BLACK TIE BALL – you purchased your tickets to the Ball – now get a room!

12/14/19 PARADE – you purchased your tickets aboard the Grand Marshal Showboat or Grandstand Viewing Area tickets at Birch State Park – now get a room!