Christmas Tree Lighting on Worth Avenue

Led by Santa Claus, his elves, and entertainers, The Worth Avenue Association and Palm Beach Mayor, Gail Coniglio, welcome the holiday season with an annual parade featuring a fabulous “Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat” that concludes with the signature, spectacular Christmas Tree Lighting Event, signifying the unofficial start of Palm Beach’s magical shopping season. The parade begins at 6pm, with the flip of a switch that lights the magnificent 40-foot tree happening at 6:29 pm. Make sure to get there early and queue up the little tykes for a turn on Santa’s magical throne.

 

Black Tie Ball

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball Presented by Ford, in Association with Republic National Distributing Co. will set the surrealistic mood for this enchanted evening. “Jersey Boys” theme decor and a special performance direct from the Broadway Production (Special thank you to Broadway Across America). Attendees will enjoy beverages featuring Brugal Rum, Deep Eddy and bubbly by Taittinger Champagne, while dressed in formal wear, will dance and be entertained throughout the night during this event tagged as the largest holiday gala in Fort Lauderdale.

The Ball is the most elegant of our festivities and by far the highlight of Fort Lauderdale’s social season. Bid on over 250 items in the Fidelity Investments Silent Auction. A live auction takes place inside the ballroom with items such as a Wine Estate Vacation and a shopping spree from Carroll’s Jewelers.

The Red Carpet Reception, sponsored by The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, P.A., features an expanded Fidelity Investments Silent Auction from 6 – 8 p.m.

Dinner and Dancing 8 – midnight. Hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at Hard Rock Live.

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Winterfest named Top 20 Festival & Event winner

Southeast Tourism Society has named Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for December 2017.

This year’s Parade is December 9, 2017.  The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: Southeast Tourism Society and Travel Media Press Room.

December 9, 2017, Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale, FL, https://WinterfestParade.com/

The world’s most watched parade travels the Intracoastal waterways, 12 miles in Broward County from Fort Lauderdale, north to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. The parade hosts brightly embellished boats carrying celebrities, musical groups, beauty queens and other thrilling entries such as a floating Broadway barge. The theme for the parade is “Broadway on Parade.” The International Festival and Events Association named Winterfest to its top 20 Parades in the World. Come see why 1 million people come to watch this holiday spectacle every year!

“The Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festival and Event list is an excellent guide for the Southeast’s visitors, residents and travel writers.  The events selected represent the best, and often most unique, activities in our region,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.

Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000.   The online nomination link and submission deadlines are available at SoutheastTourism.org or by calling 770-542-1523.

Winterfest Listed in Top 100 Events

BizBash Selects Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade as One of Miami/South Florida’s Top 100 Events

Winterfest, Inc.  is acknowledged as one of the most powerful events making an impact in Miami/South Florida.

May 23,2017 — From galas and benefits, to entertainment, sporting events, and more, BizBash has announced its 2017 list of Top 100 Events in Miami/South Florida and has named Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade to this exclusive list. To select and rank these events, BizBash considers the event’s influence within the industry, in addition to innovation, reach, economic impact, and more.

Winterfest, Inc., which produces the Parade known as the “Greatest Show on H2O” and One of the Top Parades in the World, recently announced the theme for this 46th annual event “Broadway on Parade.” Set to sail along the Fort Lauderdale waterway on December 9, 2017, Winterfest will host 100 entries featuring the most spectacularly decorated mega yachts, barges, kayaks and privately owned vessels.

“So many high-profile events call Miami and South Florida home, and to choose the best from this diverse landscape is no easy task,” says Beth Kormanik, BizBash executive editor. “Today’s top events reflect a sharply honed sense of mission, thoughtful production, and engaged guests—factors that all contribute to their success.”

“Winterfest is honored to be recognized fourth out of 100 events by BizBash in all of South Florida. As the signature event of South Florida and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area during the Winter Holidays season,” added Lisa Scott-Founds, President & CEO, Winterfest, Inc. “Winterfest entertains over one million people watching along the waterway and millions more on television and online, this parade has something for everyone.”

From galas and benefits, to entertainment, sporting events, and more, BizBash has announced its 2017 list of Top 100 Events in Miami/South Florida and has named Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade to this exclusive list. To select and rank these events, BizBash considers the event’s influence within the industry, in addition to innovation, reach, economic impact, and more.

Winterfest, Inc., which produces the Parade known as the “Greatest Show on H2O” and One of the Top Parades in the World, recently announced the theme for this 46th annual event “Broadway on Parade.” Set to sail along the Fort Lauderdale waterway on December 9, 2017, Winterfest will host 100 entries featuring the most spectacularly decorated mega yachts, barges, kayaks and privately owned vessels.

“So many high-profile events call Miami and South Florida home, and to choose the best from this diverse landscape is no easy task,” says Beth Kormanik, BizBash executive editor. “Today’s top events reflect a sharply honed sense of mission, thoughtful production, and engaged guests—factors that all contribute to their success.”

“Winterfest is honored to be recognized fourth out of 100 events by BizBash in all of South Florida. As the signature event of South Florida and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area during the Winter Holidays season,” added Lisa Scott-Founds, President & CEO, Winterfest, Inc. “Winterfest entertains over one million people watching along the waterway and millions more on television and online, this parade has something for everyone.”

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade and the rest of Miami/South Florida’s Top 100 Events list can be found at www.bizbash.com/top-100.

Winterfest Wins at FFEA

The Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) presented Winterfest Inc. with eight awards during their 22nd annual convention and tradeshow in Orlando. The annual SUNsational Awards program recognizes members’ innovation, individuality and creative collaboration.
Winterfest, Inc. which produces the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade won the following awards:
TWO (2) – 1st Place for Brochure, Tickets and Invitations.
FIVE (5) – 2nd Place for Facebook promotions, Promotional Items, T-shirt and Poster.
ONE (1) – 3rd Place for Tickets.
Creative work by SMark Graphics, Wizards Creation along with artists Pat Anderson and Marcia Moore where highlighted during the 2015 Winterfest campaign.
For a complete list of winners, visit www.ffea.com/sunsational-awards.
For more information on Winterfest, visit winterfestparade.com or call 954-767- 0686.

Decorating Tips for Your Boat

  1. DECORATIONS: Both sides of the boat must be decorated the same.
  2. THEME: The 2017 Parade Theme is “Broadway on Parade.”
  3. DECORATING TIP: Use a pattern / coroplast / foam board / bead board /corrugated plastic sheets/styrofoam, etc. for your designs – draw on coroplast your designs, paint and outline in rope lighting. (HINT): DO NOT USE SPRAY PAINT on foam. It will dissolve. Acrylic Paint is best or vinyl. If you work with a sign company – they can help create your designs  (SAMPLE using a projector to help outline characters, images for your boards)Outlining Simpsons close
  4. Punch holes for placing lights or staple rope lighting. You will have to figure out the placement of the lights…A 50 light string or 100 light string. Space them so you have enough to go around the figure as desired. You can always tie up the extra in the back… just make sure you are not short. You can use a screw driver to punch holes in the foam.
  5. TEST THE LIGHTS AND HOW VISIBLE THE LIGHTS ARE AT NIGHT
  6. ATTACHING THE DECORATIONS TO THE BOAT: Use plastic tie wraps for the figures and lights.
  7. ATTACHING THE FIGURES AND LIGHTS TO THE BOAT Tie the corners and anywhere else it matches a rail to secure it. Be careful – remember wind can move objects – use the plastic tie wraps in all corners of the foam board.
  8. VIDEO TIPS: Decorating Tip playlist on You Tube: http://bit.ly/1tkELEp
  9. Please remember costumes, fabrics and spotlights to enhance your decorations! And Don’t forget your hull – use glittery milar curtains.

 Additional decorating tips: http://www.boatus.com/magazine/2013/december/designing-a-holiday-lights-display-for-your-boat.asp

LIGHT GUIDELINES:

IF YOU ARE USING C-7, C-9 LIGHTS – this is the minimum guideline: Depending upon the display and type of lighting being used, a chart has been formulated to provide minimum guidelines. These figures are traditional Christmas tree string lights and are listed per deck (i.e. a two deck, 40’ vessel will be required to have a minimum of 12,000 miniature lights or 3,000 C-7 & C-9 lights). Please remember, these are MINIMUM guidelines and Winterfest reserves the right to disqualify any entry if these guidelines are not met! This is an application only, no entry is granted by submission.

Boat Size in Feet       Miniature Lights           C-7 & C-9 Lights

20-29                             5,000                                              1,000

30-39                             6,500                                              1,500

40-49                             8,000                                              2,000

50-59                             9,500                                              4,000

60-69                             12,000                                           6,000

70 Plus                          17,000                                           8,000

To check the ABYC allowable ampacity of conductors, download the rating table from Blue Sea Systems or check a reference guide such as Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual by Nigel Calder.  Also click on the linke:  http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/pages/how-much-power.htm  to calculate power usage.

LOOKING FOR ROPE LIGHTNG DISCOUNTS: Use Code: paradise100 for free shipping on orders over $100. Ordering less than $100? Sign up on the http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/

USING A GENERATOR:

You can power almost any amount of lights and decorations, depending on the size of the generator.

Disadvantages: While using a generator gives you the advantage of being able to use a greater number of lights and decorations, it does have some drawbacks. Some generators can be loud and can restrict your ability to hear and the limited availability of generators to rent or borrow can be a challenge if your boat isn’t already equipped with one.

OTHER METHOD: Use of an inverter if you have an inboard engine. Inverters invert the power from your engine’s DC current to AC. If you have an outboard engine without electric start, an inverter probably will not regenerate the on board batteries. Inverters can be purchased at local marine suppliers. Make sure to purchase the correct inverter for your vessel. Add up the amount of watts that you intend to power and obtain an inverter with extra wattage.

Advantages: An inverter is simple to use and uses the power your engine is already generating. It is quieter than a generator and boat engine running at the same time. When not using the inverter for decorating your vessel, you can use some of your 110 volt items from home providing you have purchased the correct size inverter.

Disadvantages: Inverters range in price depending on how many watts you want to generate. The more watts you require, the more money you will have to spend. If you have an underrated inverter, you may find you’re without lights in 20 – 30 minutes because the safety feature of the inverter will shut it down.

Where to get your generator: http://www6.homedepot.com/tool-truck-rental/3000_Watt_Generator/EB3000CK2A-656033/index.html

 

Boaters – We Need YOU!

December 09, 2017 – Be a Part of the “Greatest Show on H20”

Enter your Boat    decorate your boat and host a party with friends, family or promote your business.

Fees start at $35 Or …

Be a CONTROL BOAT 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 at the end of the year and receive a well-stocked goodie bag

#WinterfestFL17   Call Today: 954-767-0686 or visit winterfestparade.com

 

 

Family Fun Day – Where to Park?

Planning on attending this Sunday’s November 22nd Winterfest Family Fun Day with the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Open Streets? Click on the link to find the best locations to park. Remember Las Olas will be closed during the day and the event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. City lots will have a flat rate of $5.

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