2020

2020 brought the virtual world into primary focus for Winterfest events. During the pandemic, Story time with Santa, Letter for Santa, DIY Videos on cocktails, ornaments, baking and more became the highlights with the theme “Home for the Holidays.” Winterfest spread the holiday cheer with a decorated vessel which travelled throughout Fort Lauderdale, decorating contests and “enter to win” opportunities. Santa took a like vacation prior to the holiday in Greater Fort Lauderdale with Winterfest and Visit Lauderdale able to capture all the excitement on video. WSVN created a television recap of the “Best Show on H2O” with historic video and current highlights such as the Winterfest Foundation Jr. Captain, poster unveil and the Winterfest elves visiting hospitals in the area.  

Parade Theme: Home for the Holidays

Virtual Parade with a television show (because of the pandemic)

Celebrity: Captain Lee (Bravo’s Below Deck)

Jr. Captain of the Parade: Dantonio Frazier Jr.

Poster Artist: Nick Scalzo

Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: Mark Swenson

Parade Enhancement: Britt Lanier

Events: Wendy Liebowitz

Future Vision: Ben Wesley

Sponsorship: Rob Kornahrens

Marketing & Communications: Karla Nelson-Thatcher

White Party Chair: Alyssa Lovitt

Volunteer Party Chair: Alice Harry

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen and Gregg Snowden

Student Art Chair (Winterfest Foundation): Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: David Greenberger

Control Boat Chair: Terry Delmonaco 

Ham Operator Chair: Carol Sjursen

Dock Walker Chair: Jeff Sturgis

VIP Area: Lisa Duke / Heiko Dobrikow

Chairman of the Board: Susan Renneisen

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

2019

2019 marked the Parade’s 48th year with Brett Michaels as Grand Marshal. Bill Walker from Water Taxi was honored as Commodore and Robyn Vines from Gray Robinson PA as Belle of the Ball. The Parade and White Party had a flare of the Bahamas with Bahamas Tourism and Bahamas Paradise. Emma Sorensen representing Make A Wish graced the Parade as the Jr. Captain with FPL and the Winterfest Foundation. Child Warrior Ambassador, Braulio Hernandez, represented Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Brooke Trace was the Poster Artist. Winterfest was voted #3 in the Top 10 winners in the category Best Holiday Parade by USAToday.

Parade Theme: Best of the 80s

Grand Marshal: Huey Lewis

Celebrity: Captain Lee (Bravo’s Below Deck)

Commodore: Johnny Williams

Jr. Captain of the Parade: Thomas Boegler (rep. The Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital at Broward Health

Child Warrior Ambassador: Sonia Rodriguez Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Belle of the Ball: Alyssa Lovitt

Poster Artist: Raquel Cordon

Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: Mark Swenson

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen and Gregg Snowden

Student Art Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: David Greenberger

Control Boat Chair: Terry Delmonaco 

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill and Carol Sjursen

Dock Walker Chair: Jeff Sturgis

VIP Area: Lisa Duke

Captain’s Cup Chairman: Kelly Tortoriello

Carolyn McLaughlin Volunteer Spirits Award Winner: Anne Hunt

Chairman of the Board: Susan Renneisen

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

2018

2018 brought “Best of the 80s” to the Waterway and goes back in time with Huey Lewis as Grand Marshal. Johnny Williams as Commodore and Alyssa Lovitt as Belle of the Ball. Jr. Captain of the Parade was Thomas Boegler rep. The Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital at Broward Health with Child Warrior Ambassador: Sonia Rodriguez Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Parade Theme: Best of the 80s

Grand Marshal: Huey Lewis

Celebrity: Captain Lee (Bravo’s Below Deck)

Commodore: Johnny Williams

Jr. Captain of the Parade: Thomas Boegler (rep. The Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital at Broward Health

Child Warrior Ambassador: Sonia Rodriguez Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Belle of the Ball: Alyssa Lovitt

Poster Artist: Raquel Cordon

Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: Mark Swenson

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen and Gregg Snowden

Student Art Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: David Greenberger

Control Boat Chair: Terry Delmonaco 

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill and Carol Sjursen

Dock Walker Chair: Jeff Sturgis

VIP Area: Lisa Duke

Captain’s Cup Chairman: Kelly Tortoriello

Carolyn McLaughlin Volunteer Spirits Award Winner: Anne Hunt

Chairman of the Board: Ben Wesley

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

2017

2017 brought “Broadway on Parade” to the Waterway with a little bit of Country. Big & Rich – Grand Marshals with Ken Ortner as Commodore and Eugenia Ellis as Belle of the Ball. Winterfest won USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award Contest for Best Holiday Parade.

Parade Theme: Broadway on Parade

Grand Marshal: Big & Rich

Celebrity: Captain Lee (Bravo’s Below Deck)

Commodore: Ken Ortner

Jr. Captain of the Parade: Grayson Zrelak – Deliver the Dream

Belle of the Ball: Eugenia Ellis

Poster Artist: April Kirk

Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: Mark Swenson

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen and Danielle Dattile

Student Art Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: David Greenberger

Control Boat Chair: Jim Zimmerman and Terry Delmonaco 

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill and Carol Sjursen

Dock Walker Chair: Jeff Sturgis

VIP Area: Lisa Duke

Volunteer Chair: Ginny Miller

Captain’s Cup Chairman: Kelly Tortoriello

Carolyn McLaughlin Volunteer Spirits Award Winner: Bob Parkinson 

Chairman of the Board: Ben Wesley

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

2016

Celebrating 45 Years

2016 brought Mr. Worldwide to the 954. Pitbull reigned as the Grand Marshal for the 45th annual Parade themed “Comics and Cartoons Rockin’ the Night Away.” Below Deck’s Captain Lee became the official Captain of Winterfest. The Black-Tie Ball transformed into a “Cabaret” with performers of the Broadway play.  The Family Fun Day promoted a real ice rink with the Florida Panthers. As the year came to a close, USA Today 10Best readers recognized Winterfest as one of the top 10 Best Holiday Parade.

Parade Theme: Comics & Cartoons Rockin’ the Night Away

Grand Marshal: Pitbull

Celebrity: Captain Lee (Bravo’s Below Deck)

Commodore: Doug Jones

Jr. Captain of the Parade: Danielle Moreno – Ann Storck Center

Belle of the Ball: Wendy Liebowitz

Super Hero: John Brant

Poster Artist: Charles Fazzino

Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: Mark Swenson

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen and Danielle Dattile

Student Art Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: David Greenberger

Control Boat Chair: Jim Zimmerman

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill and Carol Sjursen

Dock Walker Chair: Paula Bolender

Parade Judges Chairman: David Mundy

VIP Area: Lisa Duke

Volunteer Chair: Ginny Miller

Captain’s Cup Chairman: Kelly Tortoriello

Carolyn McLaughlin Volunteer Spirits Award Winner: Betty Rejack

Chairman of the Board: Jim Dunn

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds