Boaters – you will be asked to upload your Proof of Liability Insurance at the end of this application. If you do not have it handy, upload your business card, and the Winterfest office will contact you to have your insurance emailed.  If your insurance expires prior to the parade date (12/16/2023) – you will be asked to submit your updated insurance once the application is approved.

Winterfest invites YOU to be a star in the “Best Show on H2O”! Experience the excitement and wonder of this 52-year-old South Florida tradition by simply entering your decorated boat for only $35 (no signage / private vessel only). It’s EASY! Just fill out the application below. You can click on links to help guide your decorating and sound ideas.

DON’T HAVE A BOAT? We have a list of charter vessels that you can decorate. Still have questions? Call our office at 954-767-0686.

Boat Parade Entry Application


Saturday, December 16, 2023


“Reflections Afloat”

20 years of Hard Rockin’ this 52-year-old Holiday Tradition

Parade Start Time: 6:30 p.m. Roll Call starts at 4:30 p.m. Staging is along the New River. This Application must be approved prior to receiving Application – Part II, which requests decoration information and commentary for television. If you wish to receive this application as a .pdf – please email

CELEBRATE 20 years together of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino AND Winterfest: Decorate your entry reflective of one of our past 20 Parade themes – this year’s “Reflections Afloat” theme gives you the opportunity to relive a blast from the past. Take a moment to review themes on the Winterfest timeline or watch a Winterfest special from the past produced by WSVN on our YouTube channel (links on the video section of our website).

Turn your vessel into a 2004 “Rock’n’Roll FantaSea” with a Rockfish Jagger – 2005 “Jewel of the Nile” decorated to look like an Egyptian Khufu ship – 2006 “Broadway on the Waterway” and 2017 “Broadway on Parade” themes vessel could be a nod to “The Phantom of the Opera” – 2007 “Magical Movie Moments” and 2019 “Lights, camera, Action … Movies on Parade” themes give participants the opportunity capture their favorite movie along their bow. 2010 – “Dancing thru the Decades” theme gives the opportunity to put a Jukebox on the boat with guests moving to a 50s Dance routine – 2013 “Passport to Paradise” gives boaters the opportunity to showcase images of destinations around the world – 2014 “TV’s Greatest Hit” allows the creative captain to highlight a favorite television show – a blend of 2016 “Comics & Cartoons Rockin’ the Night Away” and 2022 “Neon Nightlife Under the Sea” could create a vessel with a neon ocean disco and guests dancing to the “Jellyfish Jam” from Sponge Bob Square Pants “Jellyfish Jam.” 2015 theme “Fairy Tales Afloat” can bring the magic of stories to your helm with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland tea party with rabbitfish, and teapot puffer fish or give a neon heart to the Queen with a fish footman and seahorse guards. Fan of the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz movie or play? Turn your boat into the Emerald City with Sea Monkeys or Flying Fish.

With a little imagination, your entry can reflect one of our 20 themes or decorate “ol’ school” with holiday images (just no Santa).

Pick Your Boat's Theme
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WINTERFEST is best known for its spectacular Boat Parade. The nighttime flotilla of brightly decorated yachts started in 1971. Spurred by the continued popularity of that event, a not-for-profit organization, WINTERFEST, Inc., was formed in 1988. In 2004 Winterfest celebrated a new Title Sponsor and the Parade’s official new name: Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

Vessel Information
Vessels under 20 ft or smaller in length will be part of the PRE-SHOW segment of the Parade. Contact the Winterfest office for details.
Captain's Contact Information
Registered Owner's Contact Information
Parade Experience
If NO – we encourage you to travel the Parade route within 30 days prior to parade.
Winterfest requires a DEDICATED person assigned to monitor VHF Radio during the Parade AT ALL TIMES.
Additional Contact Information

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Proof of Liability Insurance Required

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By typing my electronic signature, checking these checkboxes and submitting this form I agree that I have read, understood and accepted the terms and conditions and, furthermore, that it is my intent to submit an application to be in the Winterfest Boat Parade.

Please enter your vessel name in the “Order Notes” field during checkout.

After your application submission, you will be redirected directly to the Boat Entry Fee in our online store that matches your choice of Vessel Category above. 

We will contact you as soon as possible with a link to our web page to write your commentary.