Grand Marshal Reception

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade 2021 Grand Marshal

Mario Lopez

Commemorating “50 Years of Hard Rockin’ Fun”

Winterfest Parade's 50th Anniversary Grand Marshal Mario Lopez
50th Anniversary Grand Marshal Mario Lopez

Two-time Emmy-winning television host, nationwide iHeartMedia radio host, author, and YouTube superstar, Mario Lopez, is 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.”

The 2021 Grand Marshal Experience presented by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center | University of Miami will be hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This Winterfest Celebration welcoming our Grand Marshal includes dignitaries and celebrities who join us at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to celebrate, Winterfest style.

RECEPTION BY INVITATION ONLY.

Many local VIP’s, dignitaries, sponsors will be on hand to welcome this year’s celebrity Grand Marshal. Fort Lauderdale’s Mayor, Dean Trantalis, will give the Grand Marshal a key to our beautiful city and Riverwalk, Inc. will present a brick in his/her name(s) for the Riverwalk Celebrity Walk of Fame on the banks of the staging area of the Parade.

Please view photos of our 2019 Grand Marshal Brett Michaels and past Grand Marshals: 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.

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This is a private reception to honor our Grand Marshal. Become a  Sponsor – Get Invited! SPONSORSHIPS are available with this event. 2019 Sponsors included Alfa Romero of Fort Lauderdale and South Florida Business Journal. The video also includes images of our Jr. Captain from the Winterfest Foundation.

Need a room for the night?

Rock with Winterfest & “Roll The Stones” at Galuppi’s

Experience a flashback to the songs that were… the soundtrack of your lives. Younger listeners appreciate the energy and power of the iconic songs that made the Rolling Stones a lasting force in popular music.

This band is not your average look-a-like tribute band but rather all about putting on a super high energy rock & roll show based around the hall of fame songwriting team of “The Rolling Stones”. Influenced by Blues, R&B, R&R and all great music from the decades, this is more than simply a tribute act playing the best of the Rolling Stones’ catalogue from the ’70s and ’80s.

Questions? Call (954) 785-0226

November Happy Hour

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Join your Winterfest friends for $6 Martinis featuring Deep Eddy Vodka, meatballs and more. One of Winterfest’s beloved restaurants for the Winterfest White Hot Launch Party is opening up their restaurants to Winterfest friends. Make it an evening and stay for dinner.

Nifty Fifty Pep Rally Party

Flashback to the 50s in celebration of Winterfest’s Anniversary

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Celebrate with our partners: Steve Savor, The Umbrella Group, and Republic National Distributing Company as we bring back poodle skirts, roller skates, and ELVIS!

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

Don’t have a Ticket? A segment of the evening’s entertainment will be live-streamed sponsored by AARP with Eye On South Florida.

Tentative Schedule:

Guests will enjoy the sounds of the Sunset Girl Band 7 – 8:15 PM (times are approximate). 

Followed by DJs rocking the house with 80’s disco and Special Guest Otis Day performing his hits from the movie Animal House. 

Limited Valet – Ride Share is encouraged. Contact Jeevz for travel information.

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Shopping with Winterfest

Our online store (shopping cart) is stocked with Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Merchandise specially crafted to help you get your Winterfest on! Shirts – Hats – Ornaments – Charms – more.

Four Winterfest Collectible Ornaments

Pro Tip: Round out your collection of one-of-a-kind, commemorative Annual Winterfest Boat Parade Ornaments. They make great gifts!

2019 Grand Marshal – Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels – 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

The 2019 Grand Marshal Experience will be hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

This Winterfest Celebration welcoming our Grand Marshal Bret Michaels includes dignitaries and celebrities who join us at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to celebrate, Winterfest style. RECEPTION BY INVITATION ONLY.

Captain Lee, Miss Florida USA, Miss Teen USA, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick,  and Miss Latina Internationals.

This fabulous reception  is the prelude to the parade. Many local VIP’s, dignitaries, sponsors will be on hand to welcome this year’s celebrity Grand Marshal. Fort Lauderdale’s Mayor, Dean Trantalis, will give the Grand Marshal a key to our beautiful city and Riverwalk, Inc. will present a brick in his/her 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 parade Grand Marshals 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 still available with this event.

Family Fun Day

Winterfest Family Fun Day at Huizenga Plaza

For an exciting day of family fun in Fort Lauderdale, head on over to Huizenga Plaza for Winterfest’s Family Fun Day. Main sponsors include Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Publix Super Markets / Publix Greenwise Markets. This event offers a plethora of free activities for kids of all ages–and parents, too! This holiday event features giant slides such as the Alpine Woods Toboggan Tunnel, Polar Express Slide, Catabella Express Train, and other activities.

Our Family Fun Day is in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale and it is packed with exciting family activities. You can get your face painted by our lovely artists, check out the Florida Renaissance Pirate Ship, hang out with the most adorable puppies from Pet Rescue Row, hear the sounds of a Fifth Third Bank‘s Race Car, and so much more!

2021 Winterfest Family Fun Day Flyers with Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Publix Super Markets / Greenwise Markets, and more.

If you work up an appetite, there will be plenty of food and beverages options for sale. Get samples from LaCroix, and so much more.

TITLE SPONSOR: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

PRESENTING SPONSOR: Publix Super Markets / Publix Greenwise Markets

SPONSOR: La Croix, SOS Conservation Village, iHeart Radio

List of Event Highlights and booths:

  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Face painting, Balloon Art, Bounce Houses
  • Stoked on Salt Ocean Conservation Village
  • Sampling: LaCroix
  • Catabella Express Train, Polar Express
  • Broward College’s Snow Mountain
  • Free bicycle helmets from Epilepsy Florida
  • Ford prize wheel
  • Photo booths with Santa, give-a-ways & kids’ games!
  • Soccer matches with Soccer Collies
  • Pet Rescue Row—Abandoned Pet Rescue, Beyond Nine Cat Rescue, Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, Inc., Humane Society of Broward County, Broward County Animal Care, Paw Patrol and Puppy Kissing Booth
  • Activities with the Florida Panthers, Broadway Across America, Flamingo Gardens, Fifth Third Bank NASCAR Show Car, Museum of Discovery Science, The For Paul Foundation, YMCA
  • Story time with POMP, SNOW & CIRQUEumstance
  • Shane Duncan Band
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!
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With great food, fun activities, and live music, this is an event you don’t want to miss out on. It’s a perfect day on the New River / Riverwalk for the entire family. Don’t miss the excitement for 2022, contact us today to be a sponsor at 954-767-0686

Video from 2019 Family Fun Day

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2021 Sponsors:

Photos are on our Facebook page.

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