Winterfest Flashback to 2016 – Celebrating 45 Years

2016 brought Mr. Worldwide to the 954. Pitbull reigned as the Grand Marshal for the 45th annual Parade themed “Comics and Cartoons Rockin’ the Night Away.” Below Deck’s Captain Lee became the official Captain of Winterfest.

The Black-Tie Ball transformed into a “Cabaret” with performers of the Broadway play.  The Family Fun Day promoted a real ice rink with the Florida Panthers.

As the year came to a close, USA Today 10Best readers recognized Winterfest as one of the top 10 Best Holiday Parades.

Parade Theme: Comics & Cartoons Rockin’ the Night Away

Grand Marshal: Pitbull

Celebrity: Captain Lee (Bravo’s Below Deck)

2016 Grand Marshal Pitbull
Bravo’s Below Deck’s Captain Lee with Grand Marshal Pitbull

Commodore: Doug Jones

2016 Doug Jones Commodore
Commodore Doug Jones

Jr. Captain of the Parade: Danielle Moreno – Ann Storck Center

Belle of the Ball: Wendy Liebowitz

2016 Belle of the Ball Wendy Liebowitz
Belle of the Ball Wendy Liebowitz

Super Hero: John Brant

Poster Artist: Charles Fazzino

Ornament Designer: Pat Anderson

2016 Collectible Ornament - "Comics and Cartoons"

Boat Parade Chairman: Mark Swenson

Ball Chairs: Susan Renneisen and Danielle Dattile

Student Art Chair: Rosalie Wheatley

Grandstand Chairman: David Greenberger

Control Boat Chair: Jim Zimmerman

Ham Operator Chair: Robin Terrill and Carol Sjursen

Dock Walker Chair: Paula Bolender

Parade Judges Chairman: David Mundy

VIP Area: Lisa Duke

Volunteer Chair: Ginny Miller

Captain’s Cup Chairman: Kelly Tortoriello

Carolyn McLaughlin Volunteer Spirits Award Winner: Betty Rejack

Chairman of the Board: Jim Dunn

President/CEO: Lisa Scott-Founds

2016 VIDEOS:

All videos produced by WSVN Channel 7 unless otherwise noted.

Black Tie Ball
Parade Highlights
Winterfest Launch Party
Winterfestivities – Family Fun Day and Grand Marshal Reception


Broadway came to the Black Tie Ball when attendees were entertained by members of the Broadway show “Cabaret.”

2016 Black Tie Ball entertainment Cabaret

Second Year in a Row – Winterfest in the 10Best. In a repeat of 2015, USA Today 10Best readers recognized Winterfest as one of the Top 10 Best Holiday Festivals.

2016 USAToday 10Best
2016 USAToday 10Best
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