Now everyone can plan their vacations early around Winterfest. The 52nd Annual Holiday Parade continues to encourage boaters and spectators to join their celebrations year after year. The website has added details for their 2023 events as well as a separate post listing the Parade dates from 2023 to 2028.
Mark your calendars for DECEMBER 16, 2023 with the Parade starting in the Downtown Area at 6:30 PM with a pre-show 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 in true procession at Stranahan House, traveling East along the New River in Fort Lauderdale to the Intracoastal Waterway and 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, 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. A variety of hotel packages with Parade viewing are also listed on the site.
THE PARADES FOR 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027 and 2028
DECEMBER 16, 2023
DECEMBER 14, 2024
DECEMBER 13, 2025
DECEMBER 12, 2026
DECEMBER 11, 2027
DECEMBER 9, 2028
Parade dates may change without notice – please check this page
Winterfest, Inc., producers of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, recently secured Fabulous Inflatables and Brandano Displays to design the Santa Showboat for the second year in a row. This Parade entry will host Santa Claus during his quick visit to South Florida and the City of Fort Lauderdale on December 16, 2023. The Santa Showboat, delivered by Amazon, will also host nominees from the Winterfest Foundation Jr. Captain Contest. These children, ages 7-16, represent the services of nonprofit organizations in Broward County. Download our app for a complete list of all 100 entries in Winterfest.
For information on how your Broward County non-profit organization can nominate a child, visit winterfestfoundation.org and scroll down the Jr. Captain section to nominate.
Look for more Parade highlights in this Captain’s Log, including our floating concert entry. winterfestparade.com
Thank you, Kim Sweers, for welcoming me to the helm of Boat Boss. Great platform to promote the 50th-anniversary celebration of Winterfest. Be a part of all the events leading up to the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade on 12.11.21.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (August 13, 2019) – Parade Organizers announced today legendary multi-platinum superstar, Bret Michaels, as the Grand Marshal of the 48th Annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.
Bret will serve as an ambassador for South Florida’s most acclaimed holiday celebration.
“Bret is one of the most iconic faces of rock-n-roll
and we are excited to have him bring his superstar presence to rock Greater
Fort Lauderdale,” said Lisa Scott-Founds, President & CEO of Winterfest,
Inc. “The added bonus is having him perform at the new Hard Rock Live the night
before the Parade as part of his 2019 worldwide Unbroken Tour.”
Michaels’ relentless work
ethic has extended him beyond his front man persona in the band “Poison” and
his solo career in music. His Michaels Entertainment Group is a multi-million
dollar empire. Along with his multifaceted career, he helps to raise millions
of dollars for charities through his Life Rocks Foundation. He has partnered
with both the American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes acting as a
spokesperson and sponsor.
“Seminole Hard Rock is
thrilled to have Bret Michaels serve as this year’s Grand Marshal, kicking off
the holiday season in style. His iconic stage personality screams Hard Rock and
is sure to shake up the waterways”, said Susan Renneisen, vice president of
community affairs and special events for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
in Hollywood, FL. “As the chairwoman of Winterfest, Inc., I am personally
excited to bring such an energetic Grand Marshal to rock this 12-mile Parade.”
Michaels will be a part of a private Winterfest® Grand
Marshal Reception on Friday, Dec. 13 prior to his concert at Hard Rock Live at 8
p.m. The public will be able to purchase concert tickets for $70, $50, $40 and
$30. All seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at
The following night, he will appear in the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade
on Dec. 14. For more information on the Winterfest Celebration and how you can
be a participant, visit WinterfestParade.com
or call 954-767-0686.
Winterfest is a Florida
not-for-profit organization based in Broward County that produces a variety of
events including the free public event known as the Seminole Hard Rock
Winterfest Boat Parade – “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.”
Approximately one million spectators view the Parade on the 12-mile route along
with millions more via television and the internet bringing National and
International recognition to South Florida.
Winterfest also hosts annual events to enhance the community’s image and
provide unique, wholesome family entertainment. For more information on
Winterfest, please contact the office at (954) 767-0686 or their website: www.winterfestparade.com.
About Seminole Hard Rock
Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
& Casino Hollywood is the flagship casino resort of Hard Rock
International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It isa
world-renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination that features
a AAA Four Diamond-rated, 465 room luxury hotel; expansive gaming offerings
including first-in-class slots, high-stakes table games and South
Florida’s premier poker room; spa and fitness center; award-winning dining and
nightlife; and the popular Hard Rock Event Center which hosts celebrity
performances, comedy acts and sporting events. A $1.5 billion expansion slated
to open October, 2019, will bring 638 new, luxury guestrooms to the first-ever,
guitar-shaped Guitar Hotel and 168 upscale guest accommodations, including
unique swim-up suites, in the adjacent Oasis Tower at Seminole Hard Rock
Hotel & Casino Hollywood. Upon completion, the property will have a
combined total of 1,271 rooms. The project will also unveil a lush, “Bora
Bora” style lagoon with private cabanas and butler service; a
42,000 square-foot Rock Spa®; a 13.5 acre recreational water experience for
swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding; 19 dining outlets and 20 bars and
lounges; an expansive gaming floor housing 3,100 slots, 193 table games and a
45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention
space including a 38,000 square-foot, carpeted exhibition hall; and a 26,000
square-foot retail promenade. The highly anticipated Hard Rock Live
entertainment venue with a 7,000 person capacity, will showcase A-list
entertainers, comedy acts, Broadway performances, sporting events and live
broadcast productions. The integrated resort is located
on 87 acres of the Hollywood SeminoleReservation
along State Road 7, (U.S. Highway 441),
and is 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 30
minutes from downtown Miami and Miami International Airport. For more
information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, call 800-937-0010 or
follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly,
Lights, Camera, Action… Movies on Parade is the theme for the 2019 Parade on December 14th. The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade is the “Greatest Show on H2O” with holiday floats that really float. Enjoy your Christmas on the Water or entertain guests on land. Winterfest has tickets for reserved Grandstands seats for only $25-$30 pp. Have a boat? You can enter your vessel for as little as $35 (private entry / no signage). Love to dance? Entertain clients, friends or colleagues with the purchase of a table of 10 at the Black Tie Ball start at only $3,000. Celebrate the holidays with Winterfest in beautiful South Florida and enjoy this holiday tradition which sails from Downtown Fort Lauderdale to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. Call Winterfest, Inc. for all your Holiday Party needs 954-767-0686 or email us info @ winterfestparade.com
Please consider joining our volunteer force on water if you do not want to enter your boat for only $35. As a control boater, you are the eyes and ears of the Parade. Your participation is vital to keeping the Parade safe and our waterways secure.
Please fill out the control boat form to get the best anchoring spot while defining parade perimeters along our waterways. We need your help during this great community event!
All participants get to attend a Thank you Party.
Mandatory control boat meeting where you will receive a well-stocked goodie bag at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.