2015 brought the world of magic to the Parade with the theme “Fairy Tales Afloat.” Grand Marshal Nick Cannon waved to the crowds as Commodore Captain Lee left the helm to stand on the bow of the Republic National Distributing Company’s showboat. The Parade held a record number of entries including barges. The Blacktie Ball kicked it up a notch with Broadway’s “Kinky Boots.” The Captain’s Meeting found a new location at the Hilton on 17th Street Causeway and the Family Fun Day tied in with the City of Fort Lauderdale’s “Open Streets” for the second year in a row. As the year came to a close, USA Today 10Best readers recognized Winterfest as one of the top 10 Best Holiday Festivals.

Parade Theme: “Fairy Tales Afloat

Grand Marshals: Nick Cannon

Celebrity: Below Deck’s Capt. Lee

Knight: Bob Leider

Jr. Captain of the Parade:  Madison Smith– Cure SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) South Florida Chapter

Belle of the Ball: Lori Perlman – Broward Health

Poster Artist: Marcia K. Moore

Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

Boat Parade Chairman: Mark Swenson

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen & Lori Perlman

Student Art Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: David Greenberger

Control Boat Chairs: Jim Zimmerman

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill

Dock Walker Chair: Paula Bolender

Parade Judges Chair: David Mundy

VIP Area Chair: Lisa Duke

Volunteer Chair: Ginny Miller

Captain’s Cup Chair: Kelly Tortoriello

Carolyn McLaughlin Volunteer Spirits Award Winner: Kandi Osman

Chairman of the Board: Kenneth A. Ortner

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

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