Happy Hour with Winterfest Inc.

Please join your friends at Winterfest for fun, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and happy hour prices on October 16th at The Old River House in Fort Lauderdale at 5:30pm.

Boaters registered for the Parade (as an entry or control boat) will be automatically entered in to win additional prizes.

If you have any queries, please call Winterfest: (954)-767-0686.

WINNERS:

Bokampers event: Adam Covitt

Boathouse at Riverside Hotel event: Ballyhoo

The Old River House event: ???? – if you registered – it could be YOU!

2018 Grand Marshal – Huey Lewis

2018 GRAND MARSHAL HUEY LEWIS

Huey Lewis – 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

The 2018 Grand Marshal Experience will be hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

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

NEW THIS YEAR:

VIP Experience with special guests, cancer survivor Sonia Rodriguez and a Miami Dolphins legend.

This fabulous reception presented by JM Lexus 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 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

“Panthers in the Park” Winterfest Family Fun Day and Ice Skating Experience – November 25th from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

For an exciting day of family fun in Fort Lauderdale, head on over to Huizenga Plaza for Winterfest’s Family Fun Day. At the Winterfest Family Fun Day presented by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, we offer a plethora of free activities for kids of all ages–and the parents, too! Since this event is right in time for the holidays, be sure to keep an eye out for the brand new giant Toboggan Tunnel, Polar Express, Catabella Express, Sun Sentinel Kids Town, and other activities from the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.  

Our Family Fun day is packed with exciting Fort Lauderdale family activities where you can win prizes from South Florida Ford, get your face painted by our lovely artists, check out the Florida Renaissance Pirate Ship, hang out with the most adorable puppies from Danielle Pet Rescue Row, and so much more. There are even plenty of opportunities for photo ops with Santa, Stanley the Panther, and other surprise guests. While participating in our Fort Lauderdale family activities, you can enjoy the sounds of the Shane Duncan Band who will be bringing us back in time to the 80s (in tune with our Winterfest theme) with their live performance. School of Rock, the South Florida Cloggers, and other guests will also be taking the stage during our family fun in Fort Lauderdale as well. Did we mention that we have a REAL Ice Rink* for kids and parents to skate on? Get your ice skating on with our expansive outdoor ice rink, generously donated by the Florida Panthers.  

If you work up an appetite at our Family Fun Day, there will be plenty of food and beverages options for sale. Get samples from LaCroix, RX Bar, Power Crunch, Nesquik, Gogo Squeeze Yogurtz, and so much more.

With great food, fun activities, and live music, the Winterfest Family Fun Day presented by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is an event you don’t want to miss out on. It’s a perfect day on the river for the entire family. If you would like to become a sponsor for the Winterfest Family Fun Day, contact us today at 954-767-0686

  • Photo opps: Stanley the Panther, Santa
  • WSVN Channel 7, SunnyTV, and EyeOnSouthFlorida.com on-location
  • Cathy & Larry Danielle Pet Rescue Row
  •  Southwest Airlines
  • Fifth Third Bank

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Marshal Experience

2018 GRAND MARSHAL – Huey Lewis

The 2018 Grand Marshal Experience 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.

This fabulous reception presented by JM Lexus 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 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.

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 will be announced during event.  2017 winner was Volunteer Bob Parkinson.

This thank you celebration will be hosted by Timpano.

2018/2019 Volunteer Party date: TBA

If you would like to be a volunteer – click the volunteer application link: 2018 Volunteer Application

 

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.

CONTROL BOAT FORM 2018 .

 

Captain’s Meeting

WINTERFEST CAPTAIN’S MEETING PRESENTED BY SHOW MANAGEMENT – MIAMI BOAT SHOW 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 from ACR Electronics are available for Parade participants. CAPTAINS ONLY.

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

OFFICIAL BOAT SAFETY SPONSOR OF THE PARADE: ACR ELECTRONICS

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Winterfest Fantasy Boat Student Art Contest

Winterfest Fantasy Boat Student Art Contest

ATTENTION: Students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th – SUBMIT a drawing of a FANTASY boat that you would like to see in the Parade. Every participant will receive tickets to the South Florida Fair. ALL artwork submissions from Broward County Students received by Winterfest, Inc. will be on Display at the Galleria Fort Lauderdale. Deadline for the artwork: January 15, 2018. Student Art Contest Award reception: February 22, 2018.

Please contact Winterfest if you would like to sponsor the Awards. For a contest flyer, click here: Winterfest Student Art Contest Flyer

Photos from the event on Facebook.

VIP Viewing Party

Hotwire Communications Winterfest VIP Viewing Party Presented by  Holy Cross Hospital 

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

 

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE SEMINOLE HARD ROCK WINTERFEST BOAT PARADE

The 47th Annual Holiday Parade- “Best of the 80s.”

NEW DATE: DECEMBER 15, 2018 starting in the Downtown Area at 6:30 PM

The 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 travels East to the Intracoastal Waterway as it continues North to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. It’s 12 Miles of the “Greatest Show on H20.” The parade takes approximately 2 and 1/2 hours to view from one location (starting locations stagger as you travel north – please look at the bridge closings on this website). To purchase tickets: https://winterfestparade.com/tickets

Private boats to the 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. Parade highlights: Grand Marshal Showboat, presented by Galleria Mall Reindeer Showboat, FB Marine Fireworks Barge and the South Florida Ford Santa Showboat. Showboats are sponsored by WSVN, Southwest Airlines,  FPL Jr. Captain, Republic National Distributing, Co., BB&T Dragon and more. Vote for your favorite entry to win on the Winterfest App!

Boat entries are now being accepted (Cost to enter a private boat is ONLY $35 – download under applications).

Future Dates:

DECEMBER 14, 2019 (12/14/19)

DECEMBER 12, 2020 (12/12/20)

Please contact us at 954.767.0686 for more details and remember – only $35 for a privately owned boat to enter this parade!!!!!

Click Here to View Map of The Parade