The 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade has entered the history books!
Coming in 2023, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of the 52nd Annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. We’ll see you then!
The 52nd Annual Holiday Parade takes place DECEMBER 16, 2023 starting in the Downtown Area at 6:30 PM with a pre-show of non-motorized vessels at 6:00 p.m. The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade will stage on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, along the docks west of Stranahan House to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
The Parade starts at Stranahan House, traveling East along the New River in Fort Lauderdale to the Intracoastal Waterway and continues North to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. It’s 12 Miles of the “Best Show on H20.” The Parade takes approximately 2 and 1/2 hours to view from one location (starting locations stagger as you travel north).
Private boats, giant showboats and corporate megayachts will be adorned with hundreds of thousands of lights, music, entertainment, decorations, celebrities, musical groups, beauty queens, and many other exciting entries expected to be viewed by over one million spectators.
2023CONTROL BOATERS, PARADE SPOTTERS, and HAM OPERATORS ONLY at the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Contact Winterfest on how to get involved and click here to download a .pdf of the 2023 Control Boat Application.
CONTROL BOATERS: Get a FRONT ROW seat to the 2023 parade while being the eyes and ears for the “Best Show on H2O!”. All control boaters receive a goodie bag at the Control Boat Meeting with light and signs. AFTER THE PARADE, volunteers are invited to the Winterfest Volunteer Party! Join Today!
Celebrate with Winterfest! Let us know if you are hosting a Parade Viewing Party on Land! Tell us your location – house, condo, business, restaurant, or dock along the route – we want you to light up our ‘stage” for our waterway Parade!
This page will have decorating, contest and parade voting links information in the Fall. Please visit again in September for updates on the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade on December 16, 2023.
LOOKING TO DECORATE and ENTER OUR SHORELINE CONTEST?
• Be a Part of the Shoreline Extravaganza • Opportunities for a Grand Marshal Shout-out of your Party during the Parade • Sing along with the Karaoke Boat & see your Party on the screens • Vote for your favorite decorated home/business and Parade entry for the chance to win prizes
Looking for Lights? Click here for a light catalog by Christmas Decor Southeast.
The 2023 August Happy Hour has entered the history books!
Coming in 2024, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of our next August Happy Hour. We’ll see you then!
5:30 – 7:30 PM
503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Special montage of Winterfest and theme announcement for the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade.
Get ready to celebrate the end of Summer with Winterfest. On August 30, 2023, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Savor Cinema will host the Winterfest Happy Hour and Roll Out of this year’s Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade theme: “Reflections Afloat!”
Join us for an evening of comradery with parade participants, control boat volunteers, Winterfest board and advisory members, community leaders, and fans as we toast the end of the summer and the countdown to this year’s Winterfest Celebrations. Savor Cinema is the first of a series of monthly Happy Hours and various events culminating with the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. Winterfest has been a beloved tradition in Broward County for over 52 years, captivating audiences with its stunning displays on boats and festive spirit. The Parade celebrates 20 years this year with the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as its title sponsor.
During this August Happy Hour, you’ll have the opportunity to be among the first to enjoy the Reflections Afloat theme mini movie. Raffles and other prizes for boaters and non-boaters will be part of the get-to-gether.
Savor Cinema, renowned for its unique ambiance and dedication to the arts, provides the perfect backdrop for this theme announcement. Delight in the company of fellow Winterfest enthusiasts, local leaders, and community members as you indulge in free popcorn while enjoying for purchase a variety of beverages, movie-themed snacks as well as tacos, hot dogs, and other popular food items for sale from “That’s My Dog,” “Tacos Veracruz” and “Cousins Maine Lobster” Food Trucks.
Happy Hour Highlights:
– Exclusive unveiling of the Parade Theme: Reflections Afloat
– Mingling with Winterfest organizers, local leaders, and community members
– Food Trucks and a variety of Happy Hour priced beverages
– Opportunities for sponsorships and involvement in Winterfest
– Take your photo with Cut-Outs of our past Grand Marshals
– Raffles to win prizes for participating boaters and non-boaters alike
– Free Parking in the garage across from Savor Cinema … and don’t forget the Free popcorn!
Join us at Savor Cinema on August 30, 2023, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and let us ignite your excitement for the upcoming Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Parade. For more information visit WinterfestParade.com or call 954-767-0686.
WE LOVE OUR WINTERFEST and BOATING COMMUNITY
Please join your friends at Winterfest for fun, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and happy hour prices.
Boaters registered for the Parade (as an entry or control boat) will be automatically entered to win additional prizes.
2023 Christmas In July has entered the history books!
Coming in 2024, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of our next Christmas In July. We’ll see you then!
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU – Take our Christmas in July Poll – one random voter will win a $50 Gift Card (your name and email must be included with your vote)https://woobox.com/tkhrek
Join Us for Christmas in July!
Why wait for the winter to participate in your favorite holiday festivities? Good ol’ Saint Nick is taking a vacation to Fort Lauderdale this summer, and you are invited to participate in the Christmas Day Fun on July 22, 2023!
Daytime: Family Fun with Santa & the “Nice List” Gang
Nighttime: The Elves Go Rogue with “Jingle Bells and Naughty List” Elves
REMEMBER YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA MUST BE PUBLIC (not private) for us to see your photos).
TOO SHY to change your social media accounts to public? No Worries – Email your photo using our frame or one of you in “Elf attire” to boats@Winterfestparade.com, and we will confirm the photo can be uploaded into our contest and send you a confirmation link.
Winners will be announced weekly ending July 25th.
PRIZES INCLUDE:$20 Gift Cards, $50 Restaurant Gift Cards, Santa Books, Tickets onboard Water Taxi, Hotel Stay at Riverside Hotel
The 2023 Grand Marshal Reception has entered the history books!
Coming in 2024, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of the next Winterfest Grand Marshal Reception. We’ll see you then!
The 2023 Grand Marshal Experience will be hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This Winterfest Celebration welcoming our Grand Marshals includes dignitaries and celebrities who join us at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to celebrate, Winterfest style.
RECEPTION BY INVITATION ONLY.
Grand Marshals for Winterfest 2023 – Boyz II Men.
Many local VIPs, dignitaries, and sponsors will be on hand to welcome this year’s celebrity Co-Grand Marshals. Fort Lauderdale’s Mayor, Dean Trantalis, will give the Co-Grand Marshals a key to our beautiful city and Riverwalk, Inc. will present a brick in their name(s) for the Riverwalk Celebrity Walk of Fame on the banks of the staging area of the Parade.
Please view photos of our past Grand Marshal Taylor Dayne, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, Mario Lopez, Brett Michaels, Huey Lewis, Big & Rich, PITBULL, Flo Rida, Deborah Norville, Barry Gibb, Brooke Burke, Kim Kardashian, Alonzo Mourning, Jim Belushi, Lorraine Bracco, Frankie Valli, Randy Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and many more on our Facebook page.
This is a private reception to honor our Grand Marshal. Become a Sponsor – Get Invited! SPONSORSHIPS are available with this event. The event includes honoring our Jr. Captain from the Winterfest Foundation.