Boaters – We Need YOU!

December 14, 2019 – Be a Part of the “Greatest Show on H20”

If you do not want to enter your boat for only $35, please consider becoming a part of our volunteer force on water. As a control boater, you are the eyes and ears of the Parade. Your participation is vital to keeping the Parade safe and our waterways secure.

Fill out the control boat form to get the best  anchoring spot while defining parade perimeters along our waterways. We need your help during this great community event!

All participants get to attend a Thank you Party at Timpano.

Mandatory control boat meeting where you will receive a well-stocked goodie bag December 11th at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

Click: 2019 Control Boat Form

#WinterfestFL  Call Today: 954-767-0686 or visit


Family Fun Day – Where to Park?

Planning on attending this Sunday’s November 22nd Winterfest Family Fun Day with the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Open Streets? Click on the link to find the best locations to park. Remember Las Olas will be closed during the day and the event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. City lots will have a flat rate of $5.


Hope Floats Benefiting Tomorrow’s Rainbow


CANCELLED: 9th Annual Hope Floats Benefiting Tomorrow’s Rainbow is a free memorial celebration for the entire family at Esplanade Park and is open to the public at 1 p.m. Live music, games, arts & crafts, and a paper boat parade featuring a 24 foot paper boat to honor those no longer with us, but that remain in our hearts forever begins at 4 p.m.  Don’t miss the boat! 954.978.2390.

*Celebration / Sanctioned Events are events in the South Florida Area which are cross promoted with Winterfest.

Volunteer Party

This celebratory event honors the people who play a huge role in the success of Winterfest® – our volunteers! Carolyn McLaughlin Spirit of Volunteerism Award winner is announced during the event.  2019 winner was Scott and Jeanie Welty.

This thank you celebration will be hosted by Timpano.

2020/2021 Volunteer Party date: February 2021

If you would like to be a volunteer – contact the Winterfest office.

Coral Springs Holiday Parade


Coral Springs Holiday Parade

The City of Coral Springs Parade will host more than 60 entries this year. The parade includes themed floats, nine marching bands and walking groups and of course Santa that closes the parade line up!

For more information or call 954.345.2200.

*Celebration/Sanctioned Events are events in the South Florida area which are cross promoted with Winterfest.

Duck Fest Derby

Duck Fest(2)DATE NOT CONFIRMED – To benefit Kids In Distress – You won’t want to miss the Annual Duck Fest Derby in Fort Lauderdale. This is a family friendly event at Esplanade Park on the New River. The event is from 1-4 PM in March 2016 with live entertainment by “The Bittersweet Experience” on the main stage, KID Olympic Games, KID Fun Zone, Petting Zoo and many other fun activities! At 3:30 sharp, 15,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into the water and the 1st to cross the finish line wins! Many other great raffle prizes to be announced! To sponsor, start a Duck Sales Team or get involved call 954 390 7654 Ext:1290 or visit


The Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival

The Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization.

It’s time to paint the town green through Downtown to Huizenga Park!  Join us Saturday, March 13, 2021 as the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival marches into downtown Fort Lauderdale featuring fun and excitement for the entire family! The free event has grown into one of Fort Lauderdale’s largest and most anticipated festivals, attracting thousands of spectators for a one-of-a-kind celebration of all things Irish.

For more information visit:

THIS SANCTIONED EVENT OF WINTERFEST  paints the town green in more ways than with just a stripe.

Control Boat Meeting

CONTROL BOATERS, PARADE SPOTTERS and HAM OPERATORS ONLY at the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Contact Winterfest on how to get involved.

CONTROL BOATERS: Get a FRONT ROW seat to the parade while being the eyes and ears for the “Greatest Show on H2O!” All control boaters receive a goodie bag at the Control Boat Meeting with a light and signs. AFTER THE PARADE, volunteers are invited to the Winterfest Volunteer Party at Timpano! Join Today.



Captain’s Meeting

2019 Sponsors included Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Chevron, Image360 and ACR Electric.

WINTERFEST CAPTAIN’S MEETING is a mandatory meeting for all Boat Parade participants, hosted by Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. Captains receive line-up information, along with rules and regulations for the parade. Goodie bags, featuring great items from our sponsors, and raffle items for Parade participants. CAPTAINS ONLY.

Want to promote your company to boaters? Donation items / gift certificates to the boaters – contact Winterfest for details.



to see photos from 2019 meeting CLICK HERE

Sponsorship Opportunities

All sponsorships are created to provide the maximum entertainment/branding opportunities within the Winterfest Celebration.

Click on the sponsorship level of interest and a Winterfest representative will contact you to have a custom sponsorship created for your company.


Call the Winterfest Office at 954-767-0686

  • Tickets to select Winterfest Events including the Winterfest White Party, Grand Marshal Reception and VIP Area of the Parade
  • Logo inclusion on the photos taken throughout the event by a select photographer and uploaded to social media
  • Tickets to select Winterfest Events including the Winterfest White Party, Grand Marshal Reception and VIP Area of the Parade
  • Logo inclusion on a variety of social media platforms

Have a Sponsorship Idea not Listed? Contact Winterfest to have a representative discuss how to make your idea a reality.

Photos are on our Facebook page.

PRESS CREDENTIALS: All media requests must be submitted using an email address from the media’s active domain address. The submission must include commitment from an editor/publisher noting where and when the story/photos will be printed/uploaded on social media platforms.

Any social media influencers must submit their handles, viewership and pre-/event day promotions plans when requesting credentials.

VIP Viewing Party

 Winterfest VIP Viewing Party 

The most prestigious location to watch the Winterfest Boat Parade! Close to 400 community leaders, dignitaries and Winterfest Sponsors will enjoy the ambiance of the VIP Area nestled next to Stranahan House at Laura Ward Park. This location is where the Parade starts along the New River. This event includes a magnificent buffet and cocktails featuring local restaurants such as Timpano, Riverside Hotel,  and much more. The area is also host to the television show and our boat parade judges. This area is Winterfest’s way of saying thank you to all of our Board of Directors and Sponsors. BY INVITATION ONLY.

620 Riverside Hotel

2019 Sponsors included Hotwire Communications, Holy Cross Hospital and Riverside Hotel.