Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Announces Bret Michaels as 2019 Grand Marshal

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 and  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 or call 954-767-0686.

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About Winterfest, Inc.

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:

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, call 800-937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

Lights Camera Action Movies on Parade Winterfest 2019 – Celebrate the Holidays with Us

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 $20-$25 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 @

Celebrate the Holidays with Winterfest Host a party at our Black Tie ball, on a boat, on shore. Call our offices for branded holiday party information.

2019 Theme – Lights, Camera, Action … Movies on Parade!

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019

A list of the top family movies for boat decorating ideas!

Winterfest’s invites YOU to be a star in the “Greatest Show on H2O”! You can experience the excitement and wonder of this 48th 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 which you can decorate. Still have questions? Call our office at 954-767-0686.

Theme Ideas – TOP FAMILY Movies

  • 101 Dalmatians (1961)
  • A Bug’s Life (1998)
  • A Christmas Story (1983)
  • A Monster Calls (2017)
  • About Elly (2015)
  • Aladdin (1992)
  • Antz (1998)
  • Arthur Christmas (2011)
  • Babe (1995)
  • Bambi (1942)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • Big (1988)
  • Big Hero 6 (2014)
  • Chicken Run (2000)
  • Cinderella (2015)
  • Coco (2017)
  • Coraline (2009)
  • Disneynature Bears (2014)
  • Duma (2005)
  • Dumbo (1941)
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Enchanted (2007)
  • Fantasia (1940)
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
  • Finding Nemo (2003)
  • First Position (2012)
  • Frozen (2013)
  • Harry Potter Movies:
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
    • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
    • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
    • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  • How Green Was My Valley (1941)
  • How to Train Your Dragon:
    • How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
    • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2005)
  • Hugo (2011)
  • Incredibles 2 (2018)
  • Inside Out (2015)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • James and the Giant Peach (1996)
  • Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
  • Kung Fu Panda (2008)
  • Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  • Lassie (2006)
  • L’Heure d’été (Summer Hours) (2009)
  • Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Millions (2005)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  • Moana (2016)
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  • My Fair Lady (1964)
  • My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • Paddington:
    • Paddington (2015)
    • Paddington 2 (2018)
  • ParaNorman (2012)
  • Pete’s Dragon (2016)
  • Pinocchio (1940)
  • Ponyo (2009)
  • Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999)
  • Rango (2011)
  • Ratatouille (2007)
  • Shrek:
    • Shrek (2001)
    • Shrek 2 (2004)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  • Song Of The Sea (2014)
  • Spirited Away (2002)
  • Spy Kids (2001)
  • Tangled (2010)
  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)
  • That Thing You Do! (1996)
  • The Breadwinner (2017)
  • The Incredibles (2004)
  • The Iron Giant (1999)
  • The Jungle Book (2016)
  • The Karate Kid (1984)
  • Lego Movie:
    • The Lego Movie (2014)
    • The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
  • The Lion King (1994)
  • The Little Mermaid (1989)
  • The Muppets:
    • The Muppet Movie (1979)
    • The Muppets (2011)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • The Peanuts Movie (2015)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • The Secret of Kells (2010)
  • The Secret of Roan Inish (1995)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • The Straight Story (1999)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Toy Story:
    • Toy Story (1995)
    • Toy Story 2 (1999)
    • Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • Up (2009)
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Winnie the Pooh (2011)
  • Wreck-it Ralph (2012)
  • Yellow Submarine (1968)

Winterfest President invited as a panelist at The Summit

Winterfest, Inc. President and CEO, Lisa Scott-Founds was a recent panelist at the 2nd Annual Synergy Summit for Cultural and Heritage Tourism (The Summit). The Cultural Heritage Alliance for Tourism, Inc. (CHAT) in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) and Broward Cultural Division is presenting The Summit at the Signature Grand Conference Center. The Riverside Hotel is the host hotel. The two-day Summit (May 10-11, 2919) is the place where tourism, travel & hospitality professionals, small businesses & entrepreneurs, and local artists will gather to communicate and explore synergy for collaboration as well as form strategic partnerships that strengthen and protect Florida’s tourism ecosystem. The Summit will showcase cultural and heritage tourism assets expanding the tourism footprint and economic impact in heritage neighborhoods and multicultural communities. For additional information

photos: DeAnne Connolly Graham, President of ROI Media Consultants, Inc. with Lisa Scott-Founds, President & CEO of Winterfest, Inc.

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WSVN Signs Five Year Contract Extension with Winterfest®

WSVN Channel 7 recently signed a five-year contract with Winterfest®, Inc. as the official television station of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade. This commitment will continue their support through 2023 with coverage of Winterfest® news, events and broadcasting the Winterfest® Television Special on their station. The television special is rebroadcast on Fox Sports Sun and WSVN’s sister stations WHDH and WLVI in Boston. WSVN also produces a Facebook Live of the Parade which is shared on various social media platforms Parade night. WSVN’s live camera feeds are seen on the City of Fort Lauderdale’s television station, and who expands the digital viewership across the globe.

This partnership has expanded beyond community outreach and holiday television shows; it has created great benefits for the media station and their clients while adding exposure for the nonprofit organization.  Select WSVN clients receive tickets to experience Winterfest® including riding aboard their decorated showboat annually in the Parade. “We are pleased to extend our partnership with the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, “ said  Paul Magnes, Executive Vice President/General Manager WSVN Channel 7, a subsidiary of Sunbeam Television Corporation. “  The parade is a beloved South Florida holiday tradition and viewers rely on Channel 7 to feature all the highlights.”

Now in their 48th year, Winterfest® is proud to have community partners such as WSVN to ensure this holiday tradition continues as “The World’s Most Watch Boat Parade.” Corporate support enables this not-for-profit organization to produce free events such as the Parade, Family Fun Day and continue their involvement in the South Florida community.

For more information please contact the Winterfest office at (954) 767-0686 or visit the website at       


Save Today on Winterfest Tickets

Grandstand Viewing Area at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Get your tickets for the “Greatest Show on H20” on December 14th, 2019. Purchase your tickets EARLY and SAVE $5 (on adult tickets) using promo code: WF5Off
Enjoy a Festival Atmosphere prior to the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade at the Winterfest Grandstand Viewing Area powered by Ford. This organized and reserved seating area is the largest public viewing area along the 12 mile Parade route. Viewers can reserve a seat at an affordable price or walk into the park ($5 pp & find a viewing area along the seawall – no seating).

Enjoy the pre-parade fun with food, drink and craft vendors, live entertainment and other activities.. Tickets are $20 (children)-$25 (adult without the promo code).



Heiko Dobrikow – 2019 Downtowner of the Year

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Council recognized Heiko Dobrikow as the 2019 Downtowner of the Year presented by the Downtown Development Authority. Dobrikow, who is currently Executive Vice President at the Las Olas Company and the General Manager of the Riverside Hotel, has become a fixture of leadership within our community and exemplifies the spirit of the Chamber’s annual award, which honors an individual and/or business organization that has made a significant impact within Downtown Fort Lauderdale and the region as a whole.

The Winterfest team with their recently installed chairman, Susan Renneisen, attended the event and congratulated Heiko Dobrikow on his award. Dobrikow has been an active member of the Winterfest Board of Directors since 2012. He is currently involved with the Winterfest VIP Viewing Area Committee and the Vision Committee for the Parade’s 50th Anniversary in 2021.

first paragraph from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce website:  Mike Cobelo on Monday, January 7, 2019  

Photo by Downtown Photo – Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Downtowner of the Year. In the Photo: Susan Renneisen, Kathy Keleher, Heiko Dobrikow, Lisa Scott-Founds and Dawn Read

Photos by Downtown Photo

2019 Grand Marshal – Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels – 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

The 2019 Grand Marshal Experience will be hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

This Winterfest Celebration welcoming our Grand Marshal Bret Michaels includes dignitaries and celebrities who join us at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to celebrate, Winterfest style. RECEPTION BY INVITATION ONLY.

Captain Lee, Miss Florida USA, Miss Teen USA, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick,  and Miss Latina Internationals.

This fabulous reception  is the prelude to the parade. Many local VIP’s, dignitaries, sponsors will be on hand to welcome this year’s celebrity Grand Marshal. Fort Lauderdale’s Mayor, Dean Trantalis, will give the Grand Marshal a key to our beautiful city and Riverwalk, Inc. will present a brick in his/her name(s) for the Riverwalk Celebrity Walk of Fame on the banks of the staging area of the Parade.

Please view photos of our past parade Grand Marshals Huey Lewis, Big & Rich, PITBULL, Flo Rida, Deborah Norville, Barry Gibb, Brooke Burke, Kim Kardashian, Alonzo Mourning, Jim Belushi, Lorraine Bracco, Frankie Valli, Randy Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and many more on our Facebook page.

This is a private reception to honor our Grand Marshal. Become a Sponsor – Get Invited!

SPONSORSHIPS are still available with this event.