1983 to 2014 – Theme, Grand Marshal, Chairs and Highlights

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. Below are brief highlights:

1983

A Tropical Fantasy” is chosen as the first WINTERFEST theme. Participating boats add animation and props to interpret the theme.

1984

WINTERFEST goes national with Boat Parade Grand Marshal Willard Scott, famed meteorologist of NBC’s Today Show.

Poster Artist: Don Eighnie

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

WINTERFEST Beach Ball” is added as an event and nearly 40,000.

Boat Parade Chairman: Dick Burkle

1985

Parade Theme: “Tropical Treasures

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

WINTERFEST Ball joins the roster of events.

Boat Parade Chairman: Diane Simonsen

1986

Parade Theme: “Magic Memories

Winterfest and the Boat Parade of Greater Fort Lauderdale

Grand Marshals: Willard Scott – NBC Today Show and Gary Collins (Hour Magazine)

Poster Artist: Forsyth Agency

Boat Parade Chairs: Kaye Pearson and Michael C. Weymouth

Ball Chair: Family Beach Ball – Tony Novia

President: Ina Lee

Executive Director: Diane Grow

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

This year’s Beach Ball entertained thousands with the Grammy Award winning group, The Commodores.

6,000 bleachers at Birch State Park

1987

Parade Theme: “Daydreams of a Child

Grand Marshal: Willard Scott – NBC Today Show

Poster Artists: Jenniver Camameros and Milissa Edwards – Art Institute

Boat Parade Chairs: Ken Denisen and Cindy Kieley

Ball Chair: Ina Lee (ball date: December 17)

President: Ina Lee

Executive Director: Diane Grow

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

Bob Hope’s Christmas Special” uses Winterfest as the backdrop for the show- An estimated 42 million TV viewers.

Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show and TV Guide mentioned the event.

Golf Tournament is added.

Winterfest becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce (Richard G. Clark – Chamber President)

1988

Parade Theme: “Love in Any Language

Grand Marshals: Dan Marino and Jeanne Wolf (Entertainment Tonight)

Poster Artist: Dana Hall

Boat Parade Chairman: Fred Perry

Chairman of the Board: Richard E. Allen, Jr.

President: Diane Grow

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

New event called “Light Up Lauderdale.”

The New Year’s Eve extravaganza attracts 30,000 people to Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

1989

Parade Theme: “Light Up The World

Grand Marshals: Regis Philbin and Cathy Lee Crosby

Poster Artist:

Boat Parade Chairman: Todd Rush

Ball Chair: Ginny Miller

Shoreline Chairman: Steve Casper (thru Realtors)

Chairman of the Board: Jeffery H. Beck

President: Diane Grow

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

Boat Parade gets more national exposure when it is highlighted on “Live With Regis and Kathy Lee.”

1990

Parade Theme: Winterfest Sunshine Festival – “All The World’s A Stage

Grand Marshal: Lee Majors

Boat Parade Chairman: Fred Perry

Ball Chair: Ginny Miller

Shoreline Chairman: Steve Casper (thru Realtors)

Chairman of the Board: Jeffery H. Beck – Sunshine Festival

Richard Giannini – President – Blockbuster Bowl

President & CEO – Diane Grow – Sunshine Festival / Winterfest, Inc.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

Winterfest aligns with the Blockbuster Bowl and changes its name to the Sunshine Festival, which expands its schedule of events to run throughout the year..

Larry Drake aboard the Santa Claus Showboat

The Simpsons aboard the WSVN Sunshine Festival Showboat

1991

Parade Theme: “Reflections on the Water

Grand Marshal: Joan Rivers

Boat Parade Chairman: Fred Perry

Ball Chairs: Mr. & Mrs. Emmett McTigue

Shoreline Chairman: Steve Casper (thru Realtors)

Chairman of the Board: Joseph Millsaps

Executive Director: Carol L. Hobbs

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

The festival reclaims its former and better-known name, WINTERFEST, and focuses on producing events that brought success to the festival.

Swap Shop Circus Barge, complete with elephants, bears, acrobats and clowns as well as a Broward County Transit floating bus are in the parade.

The Black Tie Ball and Blockbuster Bowl Reception attracts 700 guests entertained by the Four Tops.

1992

Parade Theme: “One Enchanted Evening” – December 19th

Grand Marshals: Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and Ed McMahon

Poster Artist: Forsyth Agency

Boat Parade Chairman: Fred Perry

Ball Chair: Virginia Miller

Shoreline Chairman: Steve Casper

President/Chairman of the Board: Joseph Millsaps

Executive Director: Sandy Pierce

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas headline the Black Tie Ball and Blockbuster Reception.

Live attendance at the Boat Parade swells to more than 750,000.

Lisa Scott listed as a volunteer – Ball Committee

1993

Parade Theme: “Tropical Fantasy of Lights

Grand Marshal: Regis Philbin

Boat Parade Chairman: Fred Perry

Ball Chair: Cindy Rodriguez

Shoreline Chairman:

President/Chairman of the Board: Virginia I. Miller

Executive Director: Sandy Pierce

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

7 minutes of highlights of the Boat Parade on his nationally syndicated “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” television show the Monday after the parade

The Spinners headline the elegant WINTERFEST Ball and CARQUEST Bowl Reception. Television coverage expands to three new markets, Chicago, Boston and Atlanta.

1994

Parade Theme: “Coral Serenade

Grand Marshal: Regis Philbin

Poster Artist:

Boat Parade Chairman: Stacey Hallberg

Ball Chairs: Cindy Rodriguez and Micki Lindemann

Shoreline Chairs: Steve Casper and Jon Stage

President/Chairman of the Board: Virginia Miller

Executive Director: Sandy Pierce

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

Continental Airlines – First time Winterfest had a named Title Sponsor of Parade

The television coverage of the parade has expanded to over 34 million households from Miami, Chicago, Boston and Atlanta.

The program was shown live on the Sunshine Network and televised on independent cable.

The headlining act at the Black Tie ball is “Dion.”

Sno White decorated the Grand Marshal Showboat

1995

Parade Theme: “Winter Wonderland

Grand Marshal: George Hamilton

Boat Parade Chairman: Stacey Hallberg

Ball Chairs: Micki Lindemann and Cindy Rodriguez

Shoreline Chairman: Steve Casper

President/Chairman of the Board: David K. Blattner

Executive Director: Michael L. McMurry

Corporate and Community Relations Manager: Lisa B. Scott

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

Gavin MacLeod (Love Boat) is in the parade

“America’s Most Watched Boat Parade” – 750,000 parade-goers

Black Tie Ball hosted on Princess Cruise Ship- Sun Princess. Over 800 people attend.

Charities: Sun-Sentinel Santa Fund and the Adam Walsh Children’s Fund

Creation of the Don Moore Award (designer of parade entries: 1985 to 1994) – need to confirm

Television Special Commentator – Willard Scott (Today Show)

1996

Parade Theme: “By the Lights of the Silvery Moon” – 25th Anniversary

Grand Marshals: Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

Poster Artist: Forsyth Agency

Boat Parade Chairman: Stacey Hallberg

Ball Chair: Martha Forsyth

President/Chairman of the Board: David K. Blattner

Executive Director: Lisa Scott

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS – New Name of the Parade: Continental Airlines Boat Parade

WSVN Channel 7 and Comcast Communications collaborate to provide WINTERFEST with an extravagant television program that is syndicated all over the world.

Stephen Heard (Marketing Director)

1997

Parade Theme: “Hail the Decks with Bells and Holly

Grand Marshals: Dave Thomas (founder of Wendy’s) and Brandi Sherwood (Miss USA 1997)

Belle of the Ball: Ina Lee – First Belle of the Ball to highlight the parade’s new Title Sponsor, BellSouth

Poster Artist: Greg Flinn

Boat Parade Chairman: Steve Casper

Ball Chair: Martha Forsyth – theme “Midnight in the Garden

Shoreline Chairman:

President/Chairman of the Board: John Forsyth

Executive Director: Lisa Scott

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

Officially called “The BellSouth Winterfest Boat Parade Presented by Nokia.”

The Winterfest Black Tie Ball featured Joey Dee and the Starliters at the Signature Grand on December 5.

Dawn Read returns

1998

Parade Theme: “Holiday Theater of the Sea” – December 12

Grand Marshal: Actress and Singer Ann Jillian

First Official Commodore: Guy Harvey

Belle of the Ball: Linda Gill (2nd annual bell of the ball)

Poster Artist: Guy Harvey

Boat Parade Chairman: Bill Ash

Ball Chair: Angela Mastrofrancesco

Shoreline Chairman:

President/Chairman of the Board: John Forsyth

Executive Director: Lisa Scott

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

The Black Tie Ball hit an all time attendance record and featured the music of The Lovin’ Spoonful.

Over 94 parade entries with national corporate partners entertain 800,000 parade enthusiasts

1999

Parade Theme: “The Last Sail of the Century

Grand Marshal: Julio Iglesias, Jr.

Commodore: Howard Schnellenberger (2nd Commodore of the Event)

Belle of the Ball: Ginny Miller

Poster Artist:

Boat Parade Chairman: Bill Ash

Ball Chair: Angela Mastrofrancesco

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

President/Chairman of the Board: Stacey Hallberg

Executive Director: Lisa Scott-Founds

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

Named the 20th Best Parade in the World by The International Festival and Events Association. holiday event.

2000

Parade Theme: “The World on Water” – December 12th

Grand Marshals: TRIO- Laurie Hibberd (CBS Reporter), Michael Gelman (producer Live with Regis) and Jose Solano (Baywatch)

Commodore: Geoffrey Bodine – Nascar Driver

Belle of the Ball: Connie Francis– actress

Poster Artist: David Bass

Boat Parade Chairman: Michael Long

Ball Chair: Roxanne Shriver

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

President/Chairman of the Board: Stacey Hallberg

Executive Director: Lisa Scott-Founds

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

A record 850,000 spectators. The parade encouraged the 100 entries to showcase cultural heritage and honor our community as a melting pot of all nationalities.

Theodore Tugboat enters the parade- based on the cartoon

2001

Parade Theme: “On a River of Dreams” – 30 years at the Holiday Helm – December 15

Grand Marshal: Donald Trump

Commodore: Max Osceola– Seminole Tribe Hollywood Councilman

Belle of the Ball: Nicki Grossman– President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

Poster Artist: Rebecca Luttrell – Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Ornament Artist: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: Michael Long

Ball Chairs: Roxanne Shriver and Doreen Scott

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

President/Chairman of the Board: Joseph T. Ducanis, Jr.

Executive Director: Lisa Scott-Founds

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

Parade’s New Name: Cingular Wireless Winterfest Boat Parade presented by Nokia

In light of the tragic events of September 11, this year’s parade had a special tribute to our nation and its citizens’ continued commitment to patriotism. The firework’s show-float was titled “Salute to America.”

Winterfest honors Oldest Man to sail around the world – David (Dec. 7)

Parade adds Golf Tournament to list of events.

2002

Parade Theme: “Pirates in Paradise” – December 10

Grand Marshals: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

Commodore: Kaye Pearson

Boat Parade Commodore: Joe Milsaps

Belle of the Ball: Patricia Collier (Cingular Wireless) / Edmund Ansin (WSVN) Admiral

Poster Artist: Clara Mateus – Art Institute

Ornament Artist: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: Michael Long

Ball Chair: Cindy Rodriguez

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

President/Chairman of the Board: Joseph T. Ducanis, Jr.

Executive Director: Lisa Scott-Founds

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

Jorge Moreno – Latin Grammy singer in parade

First year of the Winterfest Charm: Snowflake from J.R. Dunn Jewelers

Mooncusser celebrated 25 years performing in the parade

2003

Parade Theme: “Once Upon a Time

Grand Marshal: David Cassidy

Commodore: Preston Henn

Belle of the Ball: Stacey Hallberg special appearance by the Rockettes, straight from Radio City.

Poster Artist: Sandra Cruz – Art Institute

Ornament Artist: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: Ryan Campbell

Ball Chair: Cindy Rodriquez

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

President/Chairman of the Board: Nancy Daly

Executive Director: Lisa Scott-Founds

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

Cover Contest with BellSouth Real Yellow Pages

Queen Mary 2 Inaugural Gala

Winterfest ranked Second largest event in Florida based on attendees by the Florida Festival and Events Association and 7th largest one day spectator event in the country

Swap Shop Circus Barge returns to the parade

2004

Parade Theme: “Rock’n Roll FantaSea” is the theme of the December 18th event in celebration

Grand Marshal: Miami Heat – Shaquille O’Neal

Commodore: Carey Chen

Belle of the Ball: Cindy Rodriquez

Poster Artist: Carey Chen

Ornament Artist: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: Ryan Campbell

Ball Chairs: Lois Schmatz and Lee Sheffield

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

President/Chairman of the Board: Nancy Daly

Executive Director: Lisa Scott-Founds

HIGHLIGHTS:

New Title Sponsor – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Parade’s official new name: Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

May 2004 – Parade listed as Reader’s Digest “100 Best”

2005

Parade Theme: “Jewel of the Nile” (same for Ball) Winterfest worked with the internationally famous King Tut and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs (a National Geographic Exhibition) – December 17th

Grand Marshal: Randy Jackson (American Idol)

Commodore and Poster Artist: Carey Chen

Ornament Artist: Pat Anderson

Belle of the Ball: Queen and Pharaoh – Anne Marie and Jim Dunn (JR Dunn Jewelers)

Boat Parade Chairman: Ryan Campbell

Ball Chairs: Lois Schmatz and Lee Sheffield

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

President / Chairman of the Board: Rob Kornahrens

Executive Director: Lisa Scott-Founds

2006

Parade Theme: “Broadway on the Waterway” – 35 years of Holiday Magic – December 16th

Grand Marshal: Frankie Valli

Commodore and Poster Artist: 3-D artist Charles Fazzino

Belle of the Ball: Nancy Daly

Ornament Artist: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: Ryan Campbell

Ball Chairs: Lori Macala and Susan Renneisen

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: Paul Kahn

Control Boat Chair: Lee Bell

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill

Chairman of the Board: Rob Kornahrens

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

HIGHLIGHTS:

New Events – Winterfest White Party and The Fine Art of Jazz

2007

Parade Theme: “Magical Movie Moments” –December 17th

Grand Marshal: Lorraine Bracco

Honored at Black Tie Ball: Marge (Belle of the Ball) and Max Osceola, Jr.

Poster and Ornament Artist: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Co-Chairs: Ryan Campbell and John Haley

Ball Chair: Susan Renneisen

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: Paul Kahn

Control Boat Chair: Lee Bell

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill

Chairman of the Board: Gary Correll

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

HIGHLIGHTS:

Parade ventures into a new direction – Downtown. For the first time in the parade’s history, parade participants are docked during staging along the New River instead of floating in position in Port Everglades. Winterfest introduces mascot Skip Ahoy (Austen Read and Michael Keleher)

2008

Parade Theme: “Rockin the Night Aweigh

Grand Marshal: Jim Belushi

Commodore: Jim Dunn – JM Lexus

Poster Artist: Jules Burt

Boat Parade Chairman: John Haley

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen and Arlette Spaniak

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: Paul Kahn

Control Boat Chair: Shawn McNulty and Jim McKinley

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill

Chairman of the Board: Gary Correll

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

2009

Parade Theme: “That’s Entertainment

Grand Marshals: Alonzo Mourning and Kim Kardashian

Commodore: n/a

Jr. Captain of the Parade: Amanda Blake who fought against osteosarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer)

Belle of the Ball: Arlette Spaniak

Poster Artist: Yanny Issac (student at Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale)

Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: John Haley

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen and Connie Chaney

Shoreline Chairs: Rosalie Wheatley and Arlette Spaniak

Grandstand Chairman: Paul Kahn

Control Boat Chair: Bill Lindsey

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill

Chairman of the Board: Max Osceola, Jr.

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

2010

Parade Theme: “Dancing thru the Decades” in celebration of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Centennial

Grand Marshal: Brooke Burke

Commodore: Frank Herhold

Captain: J. David Armstrong, Jr.

Jr. Captain of the Parade: Alison Marchessault – (born with excessive form of Polycystic Kidney Disease) Starlight Children’s

Belle of the Ball: Susan Renneisen

Poster Artist: Charles Fazzino

Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: John Haley

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen and Connie Chaney

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: David Greenberger

Control Boat Chairs: Bill Lindsey and Jim Zimmerman

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill

Chairman of the Board: Paul Anderson

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

HIGHLIGHTS:

Winterfest adds “Elves” to the parade (Ryan / Shane Keleher).

2011

Parade Theme: “Rockin’ Boats and Holiday Floats

Grand Marshal: Barry Gibb

Commodore: Greg ‘Moondog’ Mooney – The Cove

Jr. Captain: Cameron Ader – Shake a Leg Miami

Jr. Captain of the Parade: Martina Bello – James Jr. Fund

Belle of the Ball: Connie Chaney

Poster and T-Shirt Artist: Marine-life Artist Guy Harvey

Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: John Haley

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen and Kara Wolf

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: David Greenberger

Control Boat Chairs: Chase Camacho and Jim Zimmerman

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill

Chairman of the Board: Robert W. Leider

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

2012

Parade Theme: “Musical Memories

Grand Marshal: Deborah Norville

Commodore: John Haley – Winterfest Boat Parade Chairman

Jr. Captain of the Parade: look for the nominees on the Winterfest facebook page

Belle of the Ball: Lily Pardo – WSVN

Poster Artist: Susan Sommer-Luarca, Official Triple Crown Artist, Official Artist of the NFL, Official Olympic Artist, and Official Artist of the PGA

Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: John Haley

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen and Kara Wolf

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: David Greenberger

Control Boat Chairs: Jim Zimmerman

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill

Chairman of the Board: Robert W. Leider

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

2013

Parade Theme: “Passport to Paradise

Grand Marshals: Tracy Morgan and Ryan Hunter-Reay

Commodore: Gary Correll – Publix Super Markets

Jr. Captain of the Parade: Lauren Bendesky

Belle of the Ball: Stacy Copeland – Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors

Poster Artist and Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: John Haley

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen & Lori Perlman

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: David Greenberger

Control Boat Chairs: Jim Zimmerman

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill

Chairman of the Board: Kenneth A. Ortner

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

2014

Parade Theme: “TV’s Greatest Hits

Grand Marshals: Flo Rida

Celebrity: David Cassidy

Commodore: Rob Kornahrens

Jr. Captain of the Parade: Alex Casamento (Arthritis Foundation)

Belle of the Ball: Diana Reed

Poster Artist: Nadine Floyd

Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: John Haley

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen & Lori Perlman

Student Art Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: David Greenberger

Control Boat Chairs: Jim Zimmerman

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill

Dock Walker Chair: Mark Swenson

Parade Judges Chair: David Mundy

VIP Area Chair: Lisa Duke

Captain’s Cup Chair: Kelly Tortoriello

Carolyn McLaughlin Volunteer Spirits Award Winner: Paula Bolender

Chairman of the Board: Kenneth A. Ortner

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

2015

Parade Theme: “Fairy Tales Afloat

Grand Marshals: Nick Cannon

Celebrity: Below Deck’s Capt. Lee

Knight: Bob Leider

Jr. Captain of the Parade:  Madison Smith– Cure SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) South Florida Chapter

Belle of the Ball: Lori Perlman – Broward Health

Poster Artist: Marcia K. Moore

Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: Mark Swenson

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen & Lori Perlman

Student Art Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: David Greenberger

Control Boat Chairs: Jim Zimmerman

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill

Dock Walker Chair: Paula Bolender

Parade Judges Chair: David Mundy

VIP Area Chair: Lisa Duke

Captain’s Cup Chair: Kelly Tortoriello

Carolyn McLaughlin Volunteer Spirits Award Winner: Kandi Osman

Chairman of the Board: Kenneth A. Ortner

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds