Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade announces their 2019 Theme “Lights, Camera, Action … Movies on Parade” with a little help from their official television station WSVN Channel 7.
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.
The best and brightest were spotlighted this week at the Southeast Festivals and Events Association’s Kaleidoscope Awards, in Murfreesboro, TN on February 26th. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the 15th Annual SFEA Conference. Top festivals and events throughout the southeast were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the events industry.
“The quality of submissions continues to increase each year making it more difficult for the judges to select the winners,” noted Brenda Pierce, executive director for SFEA. “Of course, to ‘win gold,’ becomes all the sweeter when there is additional competition and the recognition a festival receives for winning is priceless.”
The name “kaleidoscope” was selected due to the colors in the logo image that represent the many different elements and facets within festivals and events. A call for entries was posted last fall and all southeast festivals and events were encouraged to participate. A panel of experts in event planning, marketing and tourism spent an entire day reviewing the entries from eight states. The judges looked for originality, creativity, media impact, volunteer programs, and the overall impact to the community.
Winterfest, Inc. producers of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade – the World’s Most Watch Boat Parade – headquartered in Broward County, Florida, won in multiple Kaleidoscope Award Categories. The 2017 Winterfest poster painted by local Fort Lauderdale artist, April Renee Kirk, won silver in the promotional poster division. The Parade’s television commercials produced by WSVN, Channel 7, won Bronze and the Winterfest Black Tie Ball digital invitation won Silver produced by Blue Truck Media, Inc.
The Kaleidoscope Awards were sponsored by Classic Tents & Events, Norcross, GA and Pit Stop Portable Restroom Company, Marietta, GA. Classic Tents’ representative Karen Alcock and Pit Stop representatives Brett and Amanda Roques presented the awards to the winners.
Missed the Winterfest Special? You can watch Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and EVERYDAY on the Internet!
- SOUTH FLORIDA: Watch the Winterfest® Television Special on WSVN 7 on December 25 and January 1 (5 a.m. and 1 p.m.).
- STATE OF FLORIDA: Winterfest® Television Special is shared around the state through network partnership with WSVN and Fox Sun Sports. December 24 (7 p.m.), December 26 (1 p.m.), December 27 (11 p.m.), December 28 (5 p.m.), December 29 (11 p.m.), December 30 (6 p.m.), December 31 (9:30 a.m.), January 1 (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.), January 2 (1 p.m.), January 3 (11 p.m.) and January 4 (11 p.m.).
- BOSTON: WSVN sister stations will air the Parade December 24 at 1 a.m. (WHDH) and December 21 at 2 p.m. and December 27 at noon. (WLVI).
- AROUND THE WORLD: EyeOnSouthFlorida.com has the live version on their site with a link on Winterfestparade.com
ROCK THE VOTE: VOTE for Your Favorite Parade Entry and WIN a Chance to Fly Away!
There are a variety of ways to vote:
WINTERFEST IS ON TELEVISION!
The first airing of the WSVN Television Special will air this Saturday night at 8:00 on WSVN Channel 7.
ONE HOUR SPECIAL:
SOUTH FLORIDA: Watch the Winterfest® Television Special on WSVN 7 on December 17 (7 p.m.),
December 25 (4 p.m. ) and December 31 (5 p.m.).
BOSTON: sister stations will air the Parade December 25 at 1 p.m. (WHDH) and December 24 at 5 p.m. and December 25 at 10 a.m. (WLVI)
STATE OF FLORIDA: Winterfest® Television Special is shared around the state through network partnership with WSVN and Fox Sports Network as it is rebroadcast throughout the holiday season on Fox Sun Sports.
SEE IT LIVE:
LOCALLY: The ‘World’s Most Watched Boat Parade’ can be seen live on Fort Lauderdale’s city station – Comcast Channel 78.
AROUND THE WORLD: EyeOnSouthFlorida.com will stream the Parade live with a link on Winterfestparade.com.
Check our website for details and video highlights of events throughout the season.
ROCK THE VOTE: Your opinion counts. Tell us what you think by voting for your favorite entry in the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade! Don’t worry if you forgot the boat’s number – just watch our television special produced by WSVN Channel 7 to relive all the Parade excitement! VOTING STARTS PARADE DAY and ENDS JAN. 8th. Download the Winterfest App to VOTE.
VOTE for Your Favorite Parade Entry and WIN a Chance to Fly Away!
There are a variety of ways to vote:
- Text your favorite boat’s number to “23000” (example – Boat100)
- Visit www.winterfestparade.com and click “People’s Choice” under “Contests”
- Visit the Big 105.9 website
One random voter will win!
Winterfest celebrates parade participants and partners that make the year magical.
This wrap-up party recognizes parade entries, corporate sponsors, the board of directors, and Winterfest supporters. The Awards Dinner is decorated to the Parade’s theme with entertainment to compliment.
One lucky boater will win the People’s Choice Award. By voting – you are saying thank you to those that went the extra mile to become a winner! Voters have the opportunity to win airline tickets (see rules).
Live entertainment, cocktails, full-course dinner, and more!
EVERY PARADE ENTRY receives two (2) complimentary tickets to the event. Two (2) additional tickets can be purchased for $35 per person. Additional tickets will be available for a different price. To see photos from last year’s event – please like our Facebook page and view photos from previous entries!