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

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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 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

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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 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.

Winterfest® Transforms Fort Lauderdale’s Waterways to Shades Of Neon This Holiday Season

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The Holiday Tradition Continues December 10, 2022 – The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL  — The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade organizers announced the celebration of its’ 51st Parade will take place on Saturday, December 10, 2022, with the theme “Neon Nightlife Under the Sea.” The holiday signature event of South Florida will provide an unforgettable night of glowing lights, music, and fun for locals, tourists, and people of all ages.  The much-anticipated, ultimate 12-mile neon block-party promises to be a magical night.

Winterfest® has been a beloved holiday tradition since 1971 when it first sailed as an organized event through the “Venice of the Americas,” the nickname for Fort Lauderdale and its famous waterways. The Parade showcases national and local businesses, but also individuals, families, groups, and charities that decorate their boats in lights and become stars on a floating stage, all for the delight of their community. 

This time-honored tradition brings more than 1 million spectators along the natural backdrop of Broward County from Fort Lauderdale’s New River and Intracoastal Waterways to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach.

“We are looking forward to having the largest number of private entries in history. Boaters are already planning on how they will showcase their creative decorating talents. The Parade is a time for families and our community to celebrate together, whether they’re watching online from home, applauding from their balconies, or being cheered on while sailing through the Parade themselves.” noted Lisa Scott-Founds, President & CEO Winterfest®, Inc.

Winterfest® hosts a complete line up before the Parade:

Gray Robinson, P.A. Winterfest® Launch Party 

Date: Oct. 21, 7-10 p.m.

Location: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Cost: An invitation only event. Tickets are included in sponsorship. 

Description: The Launch Party, hosted by Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, will begin with the Robinson Jewelers Grand Entrance and feature delights from featured restaurant, Casa Calabria, and other top chefs’ choices from Andy’s Live Fire Grill, BK Lobster, Eddie V’s, Billy’s Stone Crabs, Mimi’s Ravioli, Piazza Italia, 3030 Ocean, Timpano, Sea Level and Fogo de Chao. Guests will be able to relax in the Neuvana Lounge with a cocktail from Republic National Distributing, Co.

Secrets of the Sea 

Date: Nov. 5, 7-10 p.m. 

Location: Casa de Palma – Private Residence

Cost: Limited tickets are available. $100 per person 

Description: Steve Savor opens his private mansion for this fun event, in conjunction with Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, and in association with The Umbrella Group.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Winterfest® Family Fun Day presented by Publix

Date: Nov. 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Esplanade Park. 400 SW 2nd street Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312

Cost: FREE 

Description: Fun for kids of all ages! Families will enjoy “The Polar Express,” face painting, food and beverage sampling, Pet Rescue Row, Stoked on Salt Conservation Village, photo opportunities with Santa, free giveaways, sampling by LaCroix, activities by Fifth Third Bank, South Florida Ford, Publix live entertainment and so much more.

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Black Tie Ball Presented by Broward Health in association with Republic National Distributing Company

Date: Dec. 3, 6 p.m. till midnight

Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl 33314

Cost: Tables of 10 start at $3,000.

Description: The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will transform into explosion of excitement for this black-tie ball with entertainment sponsored by DEX Imaging, Welcome Reception by Hotwire Communications. Guests will enjoy special performances from the North American Tour of TINA, and the evening will be filled with a rich array of music from the 12-piece band “Private Stock.” Republic National Distributing, Co. will bring spirits and wines such as Chloe, Imagery, Tribute and 13 Celsius. Bid on amazing items in the Fidelity Investments silent auction.

Skipper’s Meeting 

Date: Dec. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Coral Ridge Yacht Club

Cost: Parade participants only. 

Description: In association with Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, FB Marine Group, Chevron, and Marine Association of South Florida (MIASF). Parade captains will enjoy dinner following the mandatory meeting. Goodie bags will be provided to each boater with Chevron gift cards. 

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Grand Marshal Reception Presented by University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center 

Date: Dec. 9, 6-9 p.m. 

Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl 33314

Cost: An invitation only event. Tickets are included in sponsorship. 

Description: The Reception will honor the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Grand Marshals, Jr. Captain, Child Ambassador, and celebrity guests.

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade

Date: Dec. 10, starting at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Fort Lauderdale

Location: 12-mile route commencing on the New River and traveling along Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal waterway to Pompano Beach

Cost: FREE

Description: Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will celebrate with the theme, “Neon Night Life Under the Sea.” A highly anticipated signature event of the holidays, the Parade can be viewed along the 12-mile route commencing in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This year’s Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will glow and sparkle with aquatic images, music and décor. The dazzling event will close out the year with floating stages of entertainment, Miss Florida USA, Miss Florida Teen USA, beauty queens, celebrities and starry-eyed spectators of all ages. Since its inception in 1971, Winterfest® has become a Florida tradition with national and international viewers. 

Sponsor entries include Kroger Delivery fireworks, Fifth Third Bank Grand Marshal Showboat featuring the host city, the City of Fort Lauderdale, showstopper entries sponsored by WSVN-FOX, FPL, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, Republic National Distributing, Co., Aqua Flight, Blah Face, LLC, Ren – Fest on board Bluefoot Pirate Boat, H-PROOF, Santa on board Jungle Queen, Water Taxi, Floating Concert Entries, and more. Parade viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entry on the Winterfest® App.

VIP Viewing Area Presented by Holy Cross Health, Nova Southeastern University 

Date: Dec. 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Tunnel Top Park 

Cost: An invitation only event. Tickets are included in sponsorship. 

Description: Guests will experience an intimate view of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade. The most prestigious location to watch the Parade, close to 500 community leaders, dignitaries, and Winterfest® Sponsors will enjoy the ambiance and prestige of attending the private function between the Riverside Hotel and Stranahan House, directly located at the Parade start on the New River. This event includes great food from the Riverside Hotel and area restaurants, along with cocktail creations with Republic National Distributing, Co. products such as Fireball Whisky, Chloe and Tribute wines and sampling by LaCroix. The area is also host various media (thank you to Visit Lauderdale) and exclusive filming of the WSVN television show, and livestreaming. Votes will be cast in the Broward Mall Judges Area.

Baptist Health Parade Viewing Area presented by Florida Panthers

Date: Dec. 10, Gates open at 4 pm, Parade arrives at 7 pm, followed by a concert till 10:30 pm

Location: Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park — 80 Las Olas Cir., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Cost: $25 adults/$20 children 

Description: In association with the Beach Business Improvement District, and the Florida Panthers, spectators will experience a “Party in the Park” festival atmosphere at the Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park. Visitors will enjoy the Stella Artois Culinary Courtyard featuring Twin Peaks Restaurant, Coca-Cola, LaCroix, Stella Artois and food vendors. Sampling by Kroeger Delivery, Checker’s and Celsius. The area will host a variety of activities, South Florida Ford, photos with Santa, and live entertainment on the City of Fort Lauderdale stage with the Shane Duncan Band and Southern Blood. Parade commentary from Y100’s Drew, will be heard throughout the area.

Coming from out of town to see the Parade? Winterfest® has a variety of weekend hotel/ticket packages available at winterfestparade.com

Unable to come to Fort Lauderdale in December? No worries, the Parade will be available for viewing online. Winterfest® is once again teaming up with long time local community partner WSVN-TV Channel 7 to stream the Parade online. WSVN Channel 7 will also air the Winterfest® one-hour special to ensure no one is left out of the fun.

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

Winterfest Boat Parade Reveals Mario Lopez as the 2021 Grand Marshal

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Durée & Company, PR Consultant 
954-723-9350 / winterfest@dureeandcompany.com

Kathy Keleher, Marketing and Parade Director, Winterfest, Inc.
954-767-0686 / kathy@winterfestparade.com

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Reveals Mario Lopez as the 2021 Grand Marshal Commemorating “50 Years of Hard Rockin’ Fun”

Winterfest Parade's 50th Anniversary Grand Marshal Mario Lopez

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Nov. XX, 2021 – Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade revealed two-time Emmy-winning television host, nationwide iHeartMedia radio host, author, and YouTube superstar, Mario Lopez, as the Grand Marshal of the 50th annual Parade taking place Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. Lopez is one of the most iconic faces of television and best known from his early days on “Saved by the Bell” and dancing on the hit show, “Dancing with the Stars.”  

“We are excited to have Mario Lopez as the celebrity Grand Marshal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Winterfest and the holiday season,” said Lisa Scott-Founds, President and CEO. “Lopez has won many hearts with his mesmerizing charm and charismatic presence on TV and Broadway.” 

Lopez will appear onboard the Fifth Third Bank Grand Marshal Showboat in the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade on Dec. 11. He will be waving and greeting the spectators 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. 

Mario Lopez will also appear at the private Winterfest® Grand Marshal Reception presented by University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday, Dec. 10. The reception will honor Lopez, the Winterfest Foundation’s Jr. Captain Violet Martin from the Florida Youth Orchestra, the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Child Ambassador Jordan Levy, and celebrity guests. The evening will include a special performance by violinist Steve Avi, celebrity appearances by founding member of NSYC Joey Fatone and Bravo’s Below Deck Captain Lee.

Lopez recently joined “Access Hollywood” and has signed a development deal with NBC/Universal. He also hosts the nationwide iHeartMedia radio shows, “On with Mario Lopez” and “iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez.” Lopez has also launched a YouTube channel called “The Lopez Family” featuring his wife Courtney, their two children and their two dogs. 

He has recently appeared on the NBC hit drama “This is Us” and the CW series “Jane the Virgin.” Lopez has also appeared on “Brooklyn 99,” “The Rookie,” and served as a recurring voice on “Elena of Avalor” with his daughter Gia. He played ‘Dr. Mike Hamoui’ on F/X network’s popular show “Nip/Tuck.” Lopez previously starred in the highest-rated program in ABC Family history, “Holiday in Handcuffs” and also starred opposite Mark Consuelos in the made- for-TV movie, “Husband for Hire.” 

Lopez has also appeared on the FOX and FOX Sports Networks on the shows The X Factor, LA Fight Club as well as EXTRA TV.

Lopez’s relentless work ethic has extended him to include his love of sports, specifically boxing, fitness and clean eating. As a best-selling author, Mario has expanded beyond autobiographies and children’s books to healthy eating guides for the entire family and fitness books. 

Parade enthusiasts are invited to show their love for the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade by voting in USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice for the favorite holiday parade in North America. Parade-goers are allowed to vote once a day until Dec. 6 at 12 p.m. by visiting https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-holiday-parade-2021/

For more information on the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade, how to win tickets to the exclusive Winterfest® Grand Marshal Reception or purchase tickets to watch the parade, visit WinterfestParade.com or call 954-767-0686.

Editor’s Note: To access high-resolution images, visit https://bit.ly/3wyibSw.

About Winterfest, Inc celebrating 50 years 1971-2021.

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: #WF50 #WinterfestFL 

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino HollywoodSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship integrated resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This 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; a 13.5-acre recreational water experience for watersports; private “Bora Bora” style cabanas; more than 15 food and beverage outlets; an expansive gaming floor with 3,000 slots, 193 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, the resort’s entertainment venue, showcases 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

Winterfest 50th Anniversary Events Line-Up

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Media Contact: 
Durée & Company, PR Consultant 
954-723-9350 / winterfest@dureeandcompany.com

Kathy Keleher, Marketing and Parade Director, Winterfest, Inc.
954-767-0686 / kathy@winterfestparade.com

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Celebrates its 50th Anniversary with an Exhilarating Line-Up of Events

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Sept.30, 2021 – To commemorate its 50th anniversary, Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will feature a spectacular lineup of events counting down to this year’s historical boat parade taking place on Dec. 11. The extensive timeline, showcasing “50 Years of Hard Rockin’ Fun,” will be featured on the Winterfest website, highlighting Flashback Fridays and other historical moments promoting the organizer’s milestones.

In 2021, Winterfest will be hosting its signature annual in-person events along with some fun holiday happenings for the entire family to enjoy. Storytime, digital messages from Santa, Christmas cookie decorating and ornament making classes, and more will be just one click away on Winterfestparade.com. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase an ornament or charm commemorating the 50th anniversary. The website will include a link to the online auction which will be active to bid on starting mid-October.

“We are pleased to host many unique and interactive events, in person to bring the community together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Winterfest and the holiday season,” said Lisa Scott-Founds, President and CEO.

The 2021 in-person lineup includes:

Gray Robinson, P.A. Winterfest White Hot Launch Party 
Date:
Oct. 23, 7-10 p.m.
Location: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Cost: An invitation is included with the purchase of a sponsorship. 

Description: The White Hot Launch Party hosted by Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa will begin with the Robinson Jewelers Golden Grand Entrance and feature delights from featured restaurant, Casa Calabria, and other top chefs’ choices from restaurants such as Anthony’s Runway 84, Carl’s Seafood, Cuba Libre, Eddie V’s, Billy’s Stone Crabs, Kasai & Koori, Mimi’s Ravioli, Piazza Italia, Sistrunk Marketplace and Tower Club. DJ Mack in the Morning – Totally 93.9 MIA will MC with Bravo’s Captain Lee from Below Deck as a special guest.

The Nifty Fifty Pep Rally 
Date:
Nov. 6, 7-10 p.m. 
Location: Isle of Palms – Private Residence
Cost: Limited tickets are available. $100 per person / $150 for 2 tickets (save $50)

Description: The Nifty Fifty Pep Rally presented by Steve Savor in association with The Umbrella Group is. Time travel to the 50s with multiple bands and retro DJs thru the decades, diner fare by Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Ride share and Jeevz is encouraged. Decadent Milkshake Bar and beverage creations with Brugal Rum, Botanist, Remy Martin, Fireball Whisky and Cointreau with wines from Chloe and Cupcake. Livestream of the entertainment by AARP.

2021 Poster Debut with Artist Charles Fazzino 
Date:
Nov. 18, 6 p.m.
Location: The Guitar Hotel at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Wentworth Gallery – 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl 33314
Cost: FREE

Description: Artist Charles Fazzino will debut the 50th Anniversary Winterfest poster. The public is invited to the unveiling and will have the opportunity to mingle with celebrities such as Miami Dolphins player Emmanuel Ogbah.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Winterfest® Family Fun Day 
Date:
Nov. 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Huizenga Plaza 32 E. Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Cost: FREE 

Description: Fun for kids of all ages! Families will enjoy “The Polar Express,” face painting, food and beverage sampling, Pet Rescue Row, Stoked on Salt Conservation Village photo opportunities with Santa free giveaways, sampling by LaCroix, Fifth Third Bank Race Car, South Florida Ford, live entertainment, MC Amelia from BIG 105.9FM, story time with characters of the new holiday book “ POMP, SNOW  & CIRQUEumstance” and so much more.

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball Presented by Broward Health
Date:
Dec. 4, 6 p.m. till midnight
Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl 33314
Cost: Tables of 10 start at $3,000.

Description: The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will transform into a Winter Wonderland for this black-tie ball with entertainment sponsored by DEX Imaging. Guests will enjoy special performances from the Broadway Musical, Disney’s FROZEN, and the evening will be filled with a rich array of music from the 12-piece band “Private Stock.” Republic National Distributing, Co. will bring spirits and wines such as Chloe, Imagery, Tribute and 13 Celsius. Bid on amazing items in the Fidelity Investments silent auction.

Captain’s Meeting Presented by Karma Automotive
Date:
Dec. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Cost: Parade participants only. 

Description: In association with Frank & Jimmie’s Prop Shop and FB Marine Group, Karma will host Parade captains for dinner following the mandatory meeting. Goodie bags will be provided to each boater.

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Grand Marshal Reception Presented by University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Date:
Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m. 
Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl 33314
Cost: Tickets are included with the purchase of a sponsorship.

Description: The Reception will honor the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Grand Marshal, Jr. Captain, Child Ambassador, and celebrity guests.

50th Anniversary Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade
Date:
Dec. 11, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Location: 12-mile route along the intracoastal waterway commencing in downtown Fort Lauderdale
Cost: FREE

Description: Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the theme, “50 Years of Hard Rockin’ Fun.” A highly anticipated signature event of the holidays, the parade can be viewed along the 12-mile route commencing in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This year’s Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will sparkle with iconic rock images, music and décor in celebration of the 50th anniversary. The dazzling event will close out the year with floating stages of entertainment, beauty queens, celebrities and starry-eyed spectators of all ages. Since its inception in 1971, Winterfest® has become a Florida tradition with national and international viewers.

Sponsor entries include South Florida Ford Fireworks, Fifth Third Bank Grand Marshal Showboat featuring the host city, the City of Fort Lauderdale, showstopper entries sponsored by WSVN-FOX, FPL, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, Republic National Distributing, Co., AARP, Live Nativity by Catholic Health Services, Floating Concert Entry with Southern Blood, and more. Parade viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entry on the Winterfest App to win Spirit Airlines tickets.

VIP Viewing Area Presented by Holy Cross Health, Nova Southeastern University and Hotwire Communications 
Date:
Dec. 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Laura Ward Park 
Cost: Tickets are included with the purchase of a sponsorship.

Description: Guests will experience an intimate view of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade. The most prestigious location to watch the Parade! Close to 500 community leaders, dignitaries and Winterfest Sponsors will enjoy the ambiance of a private function between the Riverside Hotel and Stranahan House located where the Parade starts on the New River. This event includes great food from the Riverside Hotel, Tower Club and area restaurants, along with cocktail creations with Republic National Distributing, Co. products such as Fireball Whisky, Chloe and Tribute wines and sampling by LaCroix. The area is also host to the filming of the WSVN television show, livestreaming with EyeOnSouthFlorida and parade judges.

Parade Viewing Area presented by Baptist Health
Date:
Dec. 11, Gates open at 4 p.m., Parade arrives at 7 pm followed by a concert till 10:30 PM
Location: Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park — 80 Las Olas Cir., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Cost: $25 adults/$15 children 

Description: In association with the Beach Business Improvement District, and the Florida Panthers, spectators will experience “Party in the Park” festival atmostphere at Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park. Visitors will enjoy the Stella Artois Culinary Courtyard featuring Coca-Cola, LaCroix, Stella Artois and food vendors. The area will host a variety of activities, South Florida Ford, photos with Santa, and live entertainment on the City of Fort Lauderdale stage with Y100’s Frankie P, Big City Dogs, and the Shane Duncan Band. Parade commentary from iHeartMedia talent Drew from Y100 will be heard throughout the area. Make it a Winterfest® weekend with discounted hotel packages at winterfestparade.com.

About Winterfest, Inc celebrating 50 years 1971-2021.
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.” On a typical year, 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 visit us online at winterfestparade.com, 954-767-0686 or follow us: Facebook: winterfest.parade, Instagram: WinterfestInc. Join the conversation: #WF50 #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. This 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; a 13.5-acre recreational water experience for watersports; private “Bora Bora” style cabanas; more than 15 food and beverage outlets; an expansive gaming floor with 3,000 slots, 193 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, the resort’s entertainment venue, showcases 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.

Winterfest Is A Winner at the 2021 SunSational Awards

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FLORIDA FESTIVALS & EVENTS ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES STATE’S BEST EVENTS WITH 2021 SUNSATIONAL AWARDS

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 25, 2021) – The Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) recently
announced the winners of its annual SUNsational Awards during their 27th annual convention and
tradeshow. The Program recognizes members’ innovation, individuality and creative collaboration.

Nominations were accepted in ten categories, including Printed Materials; Outdoor Advertisement; PR / Media Campaign; Photo; Promotional Item; T-shirt; Broadcast Media; Multimedia Marketing; Adapted and Virtual Events and Programming. Each category included three budget levels. A total of 170 events submitted their materials for consideration. 

Winterfest, Inc. was recognized for their promotions and campaigns during 2020 for the following:

First Place: 
Virtual Vacation with Santa – Social Media Ad Campaign with Visit Lauderdale
Home for the Holidays Promotional Item (ornament created by Pat Anderson)

Second Place:
Brochure (designed by S.Mark Graphics)
Twitter Campaign
2020 Annual Report

Third Place:
Radio PSA for their contests (with EyeOnSouthFlorida)

For a complete list of winners, visit www.ffea.com/sunsational-awards.

Nominations were judged by a blue ribbon panel representing media outlets, printing companies, website designers, photographers, promotional marketing professionals and social media experts.

“The SUNsational Awards have recognized and celebrated the talents of our members for more than two decades,” said Suzanne Neve, CEO of the FFEA.  “We’re proud of our members and their events – and excited to recognize them in this way each year. This year in particular was incredibly rewarding as we showcased the innovation and resilience of festival and event organizers throughout the state during this unprecedented time.”

About the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA)Celebrating 27 years, FFEA is a not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting and promoting more than 5,500 festivals, events, and fairs in the state of Florida through education, networking and dissemination of information and the cultivation of high standards. For more information about FFEA, visit www.ffea.com.

Charles Fazzino Selected To Be 50th Anniversary Artist

Internationally Renowned 3-D Pop Artist Charles Fazzino Selected to Create the Official Artwork for the 50th Anniversary of Winterfest

Charles Fazzino’s 2021 Poster to Capture “50 Years of Hard Rockin’ Fun … Winterfest 2021”

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – August 18, 2021 – Winterfest is pleased to announce that internationally renowned 3-D Pop Artist, Charles Fazzino, has been selected as the official artist of the 50th Anniversary of Winterfest, “50 Years of Hard Rockin’ Fun … Winterfest 2021.” The unveiling will take place during the “Winterfest White Hot Launch Party” on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Fazzino will unveil the poster at Wentworth Gallery at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on Thursday, Nov. 18. The public is invited to the opening and will have the opportunity to mingle with celebrities such as Miami Dolphins player Emmanuel Ogbah.

“Winterfest has been one of my favorite events for decades,” said Fazzino. I used to spend my winters in Florida at all the art festivals and watched Winterfest as it was just getting started. I am honored to once again be painting the official poster for the 50th anniversary, and I hope that my work accurately captures the spectacle and the celebration.”

Parade producers will create some fun glimpses of the poster artwork around Fort Lauderdale and on social media. This is the third Winterfest poster designed by the acclaimed 3-D artist.

Charles Fazzino is well known for his extravagant and vivid 3-D New York City scenes. Some of his most recent commissioned artwork includes poster art for the Olympics, NFL Super Bowl, and NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

“We are honored to have an internationally recognized artist to create our poster for our milestone anniversary,” said Lisa Scott Founds, President and CEO of Winterfest Inc. “Fazzino’s use of vibrant colors and celebratory images truly reflect the vision for this year’s parade.”

The highly anticipated signature event of the holidays, Winterfest, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. Fazzino is expected to view the parade along the staging area in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This year’s Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade will sparkle with iconic rock images, music, and décor in celebration of the 50th anniversary. The dazzling event will close out the year with floating stages of entertainment, beauty queens, celebrities, and starry-eyed spectators of all ages.

For more information, to enter your boat in the parade, become a sponsor or to get involved, call 954-767-0686, or visit winterfestparade.com.

About Charles Fazzino 

Charles Fazzino — one of the most popular artists in the world—is an officially licensed artist of the NFL and twenty Super Bowls.  He is also an officially licensed artist of the 2021 MLB All-Star Game to be played on July 13, 2019 at Coors Field in Denver, CO, his 16th for Major League Baseball.He has also created official artwork for high profile events and installations, including: the Olympic Games, GRAMMY Awards, JFK International Airport, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, CMA Awards, Belmont Stakes, Daytona 500, Indy 500, K-Pop Museum in Seoul, Korea, and the President William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation, among many others. Charles Fazzino recently was commissioned by NBC Sports to create commemorative artwork for Sunday Night Football to celebrate its record of being 7 years of Primetime Television’s #1 Show.  See the entire collection at www.fazzino.com

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. This 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; a 13.5-acre recreational water experience for watersports; private “Bora Bora” style cabanas; more than 15 food and beverage outlets; an expansive gaming floor with 3,000 slots, 193 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, the resort’s entertainment venue, showcases 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.

About Winterfest, Inc celebrating 50 years 1971-2021

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.” On a typical year, 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: winterfestparade.com.

For More Information:

Kathy Keleher, Marketing and Parade Director, Winterfest, Inc.                       

kathy@winterfestparade.com       

winterfestparade.com

(954) 767-0686

Facebook: winterfest.parade

Instagram: WinterfestInc

#WF50

#WinterfestFL

Winterfest Brings The Holidays Home!

November 18, 2020

The Organizers of Winterfest, Producers of the Signature Event, The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, brings “Home for the Holidays” with Decorating Contests, Virtual Events, Pop Up Santa Sightings, Holiday Cheer Light Cruises, and More as a countdown to the Annual Holiday Television Special

It was a very difficult decision to pause the “World’s Most Watch Boat Parade” for 2020, but that did not stop the organizers of Winterfest from reinventing this year’s holiday season.  The team may not be able to produce the famous Parade in December; however, they are committed to bringing community cheer with the theme, “Home for the Holidays.”

“This has been a very emotional time for all of us,” noted Lisa Scott-Founds, President and CEO of Winterfest, Inc. “The Parade is synonymous with the holidays. We had to weigh the safety of everyone onshore as well as the water. The event would create “gatherings” in public and private areas with little or no control regarding social distancing, and mask-wearing. What would those optics look like and how would that be perceived? It was decided by the Winterfest Board of Directors, as well as a few of our major sponsors, that the safety of the community was the main priority. As the area businesses open up, there is a tear that we are not the finale celebration for this difficult year. We may not have live events, but our calendar is full of holiday events and activities for everyone to enjoy.” Winterfest is asking the community to help spread the warm and positive feelings of the holidays by decorating and submitting a photo. Simply visit the https://winterfestparade.com/winterfest-decorating-contestto upload your images OR upload them on social media using the hashtag: #winterfestdecor on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. We want everyone to show their lights! When you enter on social media, include your social media handle, a brief description, and a shout-out where your amazing decorations are located (business name, for residents – your city, state … No exact location unless you want people to drive by and gawk!) If you decorated it – we want to see it (boats, homes, businesses, interior/exterior parts of your home … holiday tree, room, dock, balcony, porch, etc.)!  Lots of great prizes will be given out including a $500 Bloomers Frosé Basket to the photo with the most votes in select categories. A few over the top entries will receive the “Griswold Award” which will be selected by the president of the Broward, Palm Beaches & St. Lucie Realtors®, Jarrod K. Lowe. We even have a contest for the cutest holiday pets! Voters, we didn’t forget about you – Vote starting November 28th and you’ll be entered for a chance to win round trip travel on Southwest Airlines®.

Are you out and about? Enjoy the Holidays with Winterfest aboard Holiday Lights Cruises on a special decorated Water Taxi or download the Winterfest App to see where Santa will be from November 27th to December 24th as he vacations in Fort Lauderdale. Want to getaway? Check out Winterfest’s Social Media and Crown Wine & Spirits locations and enter to win a two-night stay at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, dinner for (2) two, Southwest Airlines tickets and more. Click on https://winterfestparade.com/contests for all the details on how to enter!

Looking to snuggle more on your comfy couch? Winterfest makes Holiday Shopping, baking, DIY ornament crafting easy with a click to our website. Your family can even enjoy Santa in your home virtually.  This year, Storytime with Santa is a Winterfest virtual experience with the first 100 children that are registered receiving a copy of the book Santa will be reading so kids may read along.. The sight will have the link to see Santa read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on December 5th. A list of all the holiday excitement is on the Winterfestparade.com site under “2020 holidays.”

And what would Winterfest be without the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade? On December 19th, 25th and 31st, turn on WSVN Channel 7 to watch a trip down memory lane with a retrospective of 49 years of this holiday tradition. For your holiday needs and wishes, go to Winterfestparade.com

For more information on Winterfest, Inc., call 954-767-0686.

Maintaining Tradition and Spreading Holiday Cheer Winterfest Style

November 2020 – IFEA Magazine

Submitted By Dawn Read Diehl

Direct Link to the Magazine Article:

“As published in the International Festivals & Events Association’s “i.e.: the business of international events” quarterly magazine. The premiere association supporting and enabling festivals and events worldwide. For more information on the IFEA, go to www.ifea.com.”