Winterfest Flashback to 1986

Parade Theme: “Magic Memories

Winterfest and the Boat Parade of Greater Fort Lauderdale

Co-Grand Marshals: Willard Scott – NBC Today Show and Gary Collins (Hour Magazine)

Poster Artist: Forsyth Agency

1986 poster

Boat Parade Chairs: Kaye Pearson and Michael C. Weymouth

Ball Chair: Family Beach Ball – Tony Novia

President: Ina Lee

Executive Director: Diane Grow


In 1986, Winterfest grows to one of the top ten festivals in the nation.

Enjoyed by over one and a half million residents and visitors, the 1986 Winterfest calendar grows to more than 50 events, including two tennis tournaments, a body-building contest, a rodeo, a five-mile run and a pancake breakfast.

The first ever Winterfest jazz festival, Musical Holiday, benefits Stranahan House. Headlining the concert was Rare Silk.

The Winterfest Black Tie Ball features the entertainment of The Four Tops.

The Four Tops

This year’s Beach Ball entertained thousands with the Grammy Award winning group, The Commodores.

Commodores_nightshift_album_cover from Wikipedia

For the first time, Winterfest provides 3,000 seats at Birch State Park, including bus service from parking areas.

photo from the grandstands
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