Winterfest Flashback to 2011

“Rockin’ Boats and Holiday Floats”

2011 marked the 40th Anniversary of the Winterfest Celebration with the return of the Lady Windridge (170 ft yacht) in the parade after a five-year hiatus. The Lady Windridge was the 40th Anniversary Showboat hosted by Patriot National Insurance Group.

2011 Lady Windridge 40th Anniversary Showboat hosted by Patriot National Insurance Group
Lady Windridge 40th Anniversary Showboat hosted by Patriot National Insurance Group

The parade theme “Rockin Boats and Holiday Floats” hosted fire truck and airplane barges, giant reindeer from the Galleria Mall, Congressman Allen West aboard a Sea Cadet Entry, Big 105.9 Paul & Young Ron – Anthony Coal Fired Pizza Entry, BB&T Grand Marshal Showboat with Barry Gibb aboard the Nova Southeastern University Bow, paddleboarders and more. The Baptist Health Santa Showboat returned with the Jolly ol’ Man decked in 1,500 LED lights.

Winterfest continued its charity initiative encouraging parade entries to promote a charity in the parade.


Grand Marshal: Barry Gibb

Commodore: Greg ‘Moondog’ Mooney – The movie “The Cove”

Jr. Captain of the Parade: Martina Bello – James Jr. Fund

Honorary Captain: Cameron Ader – Shake a Leg Miami

Belle of the Ball: Connie Chaney

Poster and T-Shirt Artist: Marine-life Artist Guy Harvey

2011 Parade Poster by artist Guy Harvey

Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

2011 Collectible Ornament - "Rockin' Boats and Holiday Floats"

Boat Parade Chairman: John Haley

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen and Kara Wolf

Shoreline Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: David Greenberger

Control Boat Chairs: Chase Camacho and Jim Zimmerman

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill

Dock Walker Chair: Mark Swenson

Parade Judges Chairman: David Mundy

VIP Area/Winner’s Circle Chairman: Stacy Copeland

Carolyn McLaughlin Volunteer Spirits Award Winner: Ed Brazl / Student – Austen Read

Chairman of the Board: Robert W. Leider

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds


Culinary students from The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale competed for tasty prizes awarded by Winterfest, Crisco and Perrier.

The winners of the contest were:

Spa Cuisine Winner  –  Stephen Denihan
Signature Cocktail Winner – Ashley Gardiner  
Appetizer and Entrée Winner – Terry Garrish   
Dessert Winner and OVERALL Champion – Jessica Hernandez

First place winners in each category were each awarded $500. The overall Best in Show winner received a once in a lifetime cooking experience with acclaimed Chef Michelle Bernstein and a pair of tickets aboard the Grand Marshal Showboat in the 40th Annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade on December 10th. All First Place Winners presented their winning recipes at the Gray Robinson, P.A. Winterfest White Party presented by Crisco® at the Harbor Beach Marriott.

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