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

SPONSOR: FB Marine Group, Frank & Jimmie’s Prop Shop, Karma, Image360, and ACR Electric.

WINTERFEST CAPTAIN’S MEETING is a mandatory meeting for all Boat Parade participants, and it is hosted by Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. Captains will receive line-up information, along with rules and regulations for the parade. Goodie bags, featuring great items from our sponsors, and raffle items are 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

To see photos from 2019 meeting CLICK HERE

Photos are on our Facebook page.

PRESS CREDENTIALS: All media requests must be submitted using an email address from the media’s active domain address. The submission must include commitment from an editor/publisher noting where and when the story/photos will be printed/uploaded on social media platforms.

Any social media influencers must submit their handles, viewership and pre-/event day promotions plans when requesting credentials.

VIP Viewing Party

 Winterfest VIP Viewing Party 

SPONSORS: Holy Cross Health, Hotwire Communications, Nova Southeastern University

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, Riverside Hotel, Tower Club, 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

Previous Sponsors included Hotwire Communications, Holy Cross Hospital and Riverside Hotel.

Parade Viewing Area

TITLE SPONSOR: Baptist Health

SPONSOR: Beach Business Improvement District – City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida Panthers, Stella Artios

Winterfest’s PARADE VIEWING AREA sponsored by Baptist Health is located at Las Olas Intracoastal Park. Conveniently located in east Fort Lauderdale. Rideshare is encouraged and there is parking within walking distance from the event area. Guest will enjoy a festival atmosphere with live entertainment before and after the Parade.

50th Annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. Tickets are:

$25 – individual adult tickets
$15 – children 10 years & younger

Get a commemorative 50th Anniversary Pin – show your ticket purchase at the viewing area while supplies last.

Tickets are electronic. To purchase, CLICK BELOW.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL US AT 954-241-7938 or EMAIL US.
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The excitement begins at 4 pm when the gates open. Come early and bring the family (no pets please) to enjoy all of the amenities. Join the “Parade Viewing Area” – Stella Artois Culinary Courtyard, Live Entertainment, and activities. The Parade gets underway at 6:30 p.m. along The New River in Downtown Fort Lauderdale and should arrive in this area at approximately 7:00 pm. For Parade Viewing Area Tips, Click Here.

Shane Duncan Band will start their concert following the Parade.

Las Olas Intracoastal Park

PUBLIC VIEWING OUTSIDE OF LAS OLAS INTRACOASTAL PARK: Public Parking areas and garages along the 12-mile parade route – visit the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Website: http://fortlauderdale.gov/parking/parking.htm

CLICK HERE for Additional details.

LOOKING FOR A HOTEL? CLICK HERE.

The Winterfest White Hot Launch Party

Dress: White with a Glimmer of Gold

Winterfest White Hot Launch Party hosted by Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa featuring delights from top restaurants.

Be a part of the media glitz as Winterfest kicks off the Holiday Season with this exclusive event! Musical performances mix with Parade and event highlights throughout the evening.  Sponsors and media partners mingle with the who’s who of South Florida.

The accent color will be gold in celebration of Winterfest’s 50th Anniversary.

TITLE SPONSOR: Gray Robinson, P.A.

FEATURED RESTAURANT: Casa Calabria Restaurant

BEVERAGE: Republic National Distributing Company, Stella Artios, La Crois, Brugal Rum

RESTAURANTS: 3030 Ocean, Anthony’s Runway 84, Billy’s, Bravo, Cuba Libre, Eddie V’s, Mimi’s, Piazza Italia, Sea Level, Tower Club.

This is a Winterfest Sponsor Event and there are NO TICKETS SOLD. Want an invitation? Become a Sponsor and Get Invited! 

Some of this year’s highlights:

  • Appearance by Bravo’s Captain Lee from Below Deck
  • Grand Marshal announcement

Photos are on our Facebook page.

PRESS CREDENTIALS: All media requests must be submitted using an email address from the media’s active domain address. The submission must include commitment from an editor/publisher noting where and when the story/photos will be printed/uploaded on social media platforms.

Any social media influencers must submit their handles, viewership and pre-/event day promotions plans when requesting credentials.

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

The 50th Annual Holiday Parade takes place DECEMBER 11, 2021 starting in the Downtown Area at 6:30 PM with a preshow 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 as it 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 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. Boat entry fees start at ONLY $35.

Captain’s Cup

CAPTAIN’S CUP location and date for the 2021 Parade will be announced in the fall.

Winterfest celebrates parade participants and partners that make the year magical.

This wrap-up party recognizes parade entries, corporate sponsors, the board of directors, and Winterfest supporters. The Awards Dinner is decorated to the Parade’s theme with entertainment to compliment.

One lucky boater will win the People’s Choice Award.  By voting – you are saying thank you to those that went the extra mile to become a winner! Voters have the opportunity to win airline tickets (see rules).

Live entertainment, cocktails, full-course dinner, and more!

EVERY PARADE ENTRY receives two (2) complimentary tickets to the event. Additional tickets can be purchased for $35 per person. To see photos from last year’s event – please like our Facebook page and view photos from previous entries!