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, VisitLauderdale.tv and EyeOnSouthFlorida.com 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 winterfestparade.com.       

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Save Today on Winterfest Tickets

Get your tickets for the “Best 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).

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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.

Family Fun Day

Two smiling little girls with face paint at the 2022 Winterfest Family Fun Day

Winterfest Family Fun Day at Esplanade Park

For an exciting day of family fun in Fort Lauderdale, head on over to Esplanade Park for Winterfest’s Family Fun Day. Main sponsors include Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Publix Super Markets / Publix Greenwise Markets. This event offers many FREE activities for kids of all ages–and parents, too! This holiday event features giant slides such as the Alpine Woods Toboggan Tunnel, Polar Express Slide, Catabella Express Train, and other activities.

Our Family Fun Day is in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale and it is packed with exciting family activities. You can get your face painted by our lovely artists, check out the Florida Renaissance Pirate Ship, hang out with the most adorable puppies from Pet Rescue Row, hear the sounds of a Fifth Third Bank‘s Race Car, and so much more!

If you work up an appetite, there will be plenty of food and beverage options for sale. Get samples from LaCroix, and so much more.

TITLE SPONSOR: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

PRESENTING SPONSOR: Publix Super Markets / Publix Greenwise Markets

SPONSOR: La Croix, SOS Conservation Village, iHeart Radio

List of Event Highlights and booths:

  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Face Painting, Balloon Art, Bounce Houses, Teddy Bear Clinic
  • Stoked on Salt Ocean Conservation Village
  • Experience Catabella Express Train, Polar Express
  • Free bicycle helmets from Epilepsy Alliance
  • Photo booth with Santa & kids’ games!
  • Entertainment provided by School of Rock
  • Broward College Snow Mountain
  • Frankie P from Y-100 to MC
  • Pet Rescue Row – Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, Inc., Humane Society of Broward County, Paw Patrol, Broward County Animal Care and Puppy Kissing Booth
  • Give-a-ways and Activities with the Florida Panthers, South Florida Ford, Cirque Dreams, Holidaze, Fifth Third Bank NASCAR Show Car, The For Paul Foundation, YMCA, Ave Maria Community, Florida Children’s Theatre, Nova Southeastern University, Sampling by Publix Food Truck, Rita’s Ice and SO MUCH MORE!

With great food, fun activities, and live music, this is an event you don’t want to miss out on. It’s a perfect day on the New River / Riverwalk for the entire family. Don’t miss the excitement for 2022, contact us today to be a sponsor at 954-767-0686

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2021 Sponsors:

Photos are on our Facebook page.

PRESS CREDENTIALS: All media requests must be submitted using an email address from the media’s active domain address. The submission must include a commitment from an editor/publisher noting where and when the story/photos will be printed/uploaded on social media platforms.

Any social media influencers must submit their handles, viewership and pre-/event day promotions plan when requesting credentials.

Black Tie Ball

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball Save the Date Poster

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball presented by Broward Health in Association with Republic National Distributing Co. will set the surrealistic mood for this enchanted evening.

Special performances from the North American Tour of TINA (Special thank you to Broadway Across America), and the band Private Stock will guarantee guests will dance the night away.  Welcome Reception sponsored by Hotwire Fision. Entertainment sponsor: DEX Imaging. This event is tagged as the most prominent 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.

$5,000 tables are SOLD OUT – LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKET ARE STILL AVAILABLE.

Fidelity Investments Silent Auction: Bid at the convenience of your home with over 250 items.  A live auction takes place inside the ballroom. If you wish to donate an item to our auction – contact Winterfest.

Cocktails, Dinner, and Dancing 6 pm-midnight.

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Hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Don’t have a ticket? You can still bid on auction items.

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe and Ikettes in TINA - Photo Manuel Harlan
Nkeki Obi-Melekwe and Ikettes in TINA – Photo Manuel Harlan
Nkeki Obi-Melekwe & The TINA Band in TINA - Photo by Manuel Harlan
Nkeki Obi-Melekwe & The TINA Band in TINA – Photo by Manuel Harlan
Nkeki Obi-Melekwe in TINA - Photo by Manuel Harlan
Nkeki Obi-Melekwe in TINA – Photo by Manuel Harlan
Nkeki Obi-Melekwe & The Cast of TINA in TINA - Photo by Manuel Harlan
Nkeki Obi-Melekwe & The Cast of TINA in TINA – Photo by Manuel Harlan
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Photos are on our Facebook page.

PRESS CREDENTIALS: All media requests must be submitted using an email address from the media’s active domain address. The submission must include a commitment from an editor/publisher noting where and when the story/photos will be printed/uploaded on social media platforms.

Any social media influencers must submit their handles, viewership and pre-/event day promotions plan when requesting credentials.

Skippers’ Meeting

SPONSOR: Image360, and ACR Electric.

WINTERFEST CAPTAINS’ MEETING

Winterfest Skippers’ Meeting is a mandatory meeting for all Boat Parade participants. Captains will receive line-up information, along with rules and regulations for the parade. Goodie bags, featuring great items from our sponsors, and raffle items are for Parade participants. CAPTAINS ONLY.

Captains will receive:

  • Chevron Gas Cards
  • Opportunity to win commemorative Winterfest Charm by Winterfest from Carroll’s Jewelers
  • Parade themed burger by Dennis Friel
  • Parade Boat number by Image360 Lauderhill

Want to promote your company to boaters? Donation items/gift certificates to the boaters – contact Winterfest for details.

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Photos are on our Facebook page.

PRESS CREDENTIALS: All media requests must be submitted using an email address from the media’s active domain address. The submission must include commitment from an editor/publisher noting where and when the story/photos will be printed/uploaded on social media platforms.

Any social media influencers must submit their handles, viewership and pre-/event day promotions plans when requesting credentials.

Parade Viewing Area

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Winterfest’s PARADE VIEWING AREA sponsored by Baptist Health is located at Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park and is conveniently located in east Fort Lauderdale. Rideshare is encouraged and parking is within walking distance from the event area. Guests will enjoy a festival atmosphere with live entertainment before and after the Parade.

The excitement begins at 4 pm when the gates open. Come early and bring the family (no pets please) to enjoy the amenities. Enjoy the “Parade Viewing Area” – Stella Artois Culinary Courtyard, Live Entertainment, and activities. The Parade gets underway at 6:30 p.m. along The New River in Downtown Fort Lauderdale and should arrive in this area at approximately 7:00 pm.

SEATING – Chairs will be provided.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – Live performances throughout the night by the Shane Duncan Band and Southern Blood with radio personalities Drew (Y-100) and Amelia (BIG1059) from iHeart Radio.

TICKETS for the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade.

Individual adult tickets – $25.
Children 10 years & younger – $20.

Tickets are electronic. To purchase, CLICK BELOW.

Ticket Policy: Ticket Policy | The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade (winterfestparade.com)

Purchased tickets and have questions? Call 954-241-7938

PARKING FOR THIS AREA:

Las Olas Parking Garage (next to the viewing area) 200 Las Olas Cir, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Parking will be very limited on Parade night.

The Parade goes on Rain or Shine.

NO Bottles, coolers, chairs, pets – For additional Parade Viewing Area Tips, Click Here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL US ON 954-241-7938 or EMAIL US.
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Promenade Park Sunset Terrace
Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park 80 Las Olas Circle Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

CLICK HERE for Additional details.

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The Winterfest Launch Party

The 2022 Winterfest Launch Party has entered the history books!

Coming in 2023, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of the next Winterfest Launch Party.
We’ll see you then!

As a Winterfest partner, you will receive tickets to South Florida’s preview of the holiday season featuring Winterfest updates, amazing bites, sips, entertainment, and at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 21, 2022, and will feature delights from top-area restaurants throughout Broward County.

NO TICKETS ARE SOLD TO THE PUBLIC – SPONSORSHIP IS YOUR TICKET IN!

2022 HIGHLIGHTS
  • The event will reflect this year’s theme “Neon Nightlife Under the Sea.”
  • Appearance by the Winterfest Poster Artist – Dennis Friel Connected by Water and the unveiling of the original artwork of this year’s poster.
  • Miss Florida USA and Miss Florida Teen USA
  • Neuvana Xen Lounge Experience
  • Check out what you missed last year – WSVN Channel 7’s coverage (additional event links on winterfestparade.com/videos)

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2022 Poster Artist Dennis Friel
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RNDC Brand logos for 2022
LUTN - Light Up The Night Logo
3030 Ocean Logo
Mimi's Ravioli logo
FOGO de CHAO logo
Eddie V's logo
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Andy's Live Fire Grill + Bar logo
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2022 PARTNERS
  • TITLE SPONSOR: Gray Robinson
  • FEATURED RESTAURANT: Casa Calabria Restaurant
  • GRAND GOLDEN ENTRANCE: Robinson’s Jewelers
  • Neuvana Xen LOUNGE EXPERIENCE
  • BEVERAGES: Republic National Distributing Company, Stella Artios, La Crois, Brugal Rum
  • RESTAURANTS: 3030 Ocean, Billy’s Stone Crab, Carl’s Seafood, Casa Calabria, Chop Shoppe Essentials – Sistrunk Market, Cuba Libre, Eddie V’s, Kasai & Koori, Mimi’s Ravioli, Piazza Italia

Photos are on our Facebook page.

PRESS CREDENTIALS: All media requests must be submitted using an email address from the media’s active domain address. The submission must include a commitment from an editor/publisher noting where and when the story/photos will be printed/uploaded on social media platforms.

Any social media influencers must submit their handles, viewership and pre-/event day promotions plan when requesting credentials.