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Seminole Hard Rock "Winterfest" Boat Parade Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary with Exhilarating Events



To commemorate its 50th anniversary, Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will feature a spectacular lineup of events counting down to this year’s historical boat parade taking place on Dec. 11. The extensive timeline, showcasing “50 Years of Hard Rockin’ Fun,” will be featured on the Winterfest website, highlighting Flashback Fridays and other historical moments promoting the organizer’s milestones.

In 2021, Winterfest will be hosting its signature annual in-person events along with some fun holiday happenings for the entire family to enjoy. Storytime, digital messages from Santa, Christmas cookie decorating and ornament making classes, and more will be just one click away on Winterfestparade.com. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase an ornament or charm commemorating the 50thanniversary. The website will include a link to the online auction which will be active to bid on starting mid-October.

“We are pleased to host many unique and interactive events, in person to bring the community together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Winterfest and the holiday season,” said Lisa Scott-Founds, President and CEO.

The 2021 in-person lineup includes:

Gray Robinson, P.A. Winterfest White Hot Launch Party

Date: Oct. 23, 7-10 p.m.

Location: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Cost: An invitation is included with the purchase of a sponsorship.

Description: The White Hot Launch Party hosted by Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa will begin with the Robinson Jewelers Golden Grand Entrance and feature delights from featured restaurant, Casa Calabria, and other top chefs’ choices from restaurants such as Anthony’s Runway 84, Carl’s Seafood, Cuba Libre, Eddie V’s, Billy’s Stone Crabs, Kasai & Koori, Mimi’s Ravioli, Piazza Italia, Sistrunk Marketplace and Tower Club. DJ Mack in the Morning – Totally 93.9 MIA will MC with Bravo’s Captain Lee from Below Deck as a special guest.

The Nifty Fifty Pep Rally

Date: Nov. 6, 7-10 p.m.

Location: Isle of Palms – Private Residence

Cost: Limited tickets are available. $100 per person / $150 for 2 tickets (save $50)

Description: The Nifty Fifty Pep Rally presented by Steve Savor in association with The Umbrella Group is. Time travel to the 50s with multiple bands and retro DJs thru the decades, diner fare by Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Ride share and Jeevz is encouraged. Decadent Milkshake Bar and beverage creations with Brugal Rum, Botanist, Remy Martin, Fireball Whisky and Cointreau with wines from Chloe and Cupcake. Livestream of the entertainment by AARP.

2021 Poster Debut with Artist Charles Fazzino

Date: Nov. 18, 6 p.m.

Location: The Guitar Hotel at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Wentworth Gallery – 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl 33314

Cost: FREE

Description: Artist Charles Fazzino will debut the 50th Anniversary Winterfest poster. The public is invited to the unveiling and will have the opportunity to mingle with celebrities such as Miami Dolphins player Emmanuel Ogbah.

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Winterfest® Family Fun Day

Date: Nov. 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Huizenga Plaza 32 E. Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Cost: FREE

Description: Fun for kids of all ages! Families will enjoy “The Polar Express,” face painting, food and beverage sampling, Pet Rescue Row, Stoked on Salt Conservation Village photo opportunities with Santa free giveaways, sampling by LaCroix, Fifth Third Bank Race Car, South Florida Ford, live entertainment, MC Amelia from BIG 105.9FM, story time with characters of the new holiday book “POMP, SNOW & CIRQUEumstance” and so much more.

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Black Tie Ball Presented by Broward Health

Date: Dec. 4, 6 p.m. till midnight

Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl 33314

Cost: Tables of 10 start at $3,000.

Description: The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will transform into a Winter Wonderland for this black-tie ball with entertainment sponsored by DEX Imaging. Guests will enjoy special performances from the Broadway Musical, Disney’s FROZEN, and the evening will be filled with a rich array of music from the 12-piece band “Private Stock.” Republic National Distributing, Co. will bring spirits and wines such as Chloe, Imagery, Tribute and 13 Celsius. Bid on amazing items in the Fidelity Investments silent auction.

Captain’s Meeting Presented by Karma Automotive

Date: Dec. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: TBA

Cost: Parade participants only.

Description: In association with Frank & Jimmie’s Prop Shop and FB Marine Group, Karma will host Parade captains for dinner following the mandatory meeting. Goodie bags will be provided to each boater.

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Grand Marshal Reception Presented by University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Date: Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m.

Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl 33314

Cost: Tickets are included with the purchase of a sponsorship.

Description: The Reception will honor the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Grand Marshal, Jr. Captain, Child Ambassador, and celebrity guests.

50th Anniversary Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade

Date: Dec. 11, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Location: 12-mile route along the intracoastal waterway commencing in downtown Fort Lauderdale

Cost: FREE

Description: Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the theme, “50 Years of Hard Rockin’ Fun.” A highly anticipated signature event of the holidays, the parade can be viewed along the 12-mile route commencing in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This year’s Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will sparkle with iconic rock images, music and décor in celebration of the 50thanniversary. The dazzling event will close out the year with floating stages of entertainment, beauty queens, celebrities and starry-eyed spectators of all ages. Since its inception in 1971, Winterfest® has become a Florida tradition with national and international viewers.

Sponsor entries include South Florida Ford Fireworks, Fifth Third Bank Grand Marshal Showboat featuring the host city, the City of Fort Lauderdale, showstopper entries sponsored by WSVN-FOX, FPL, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, Republic National Distributing, Co., AARP, Live Nativity by Catholic Health Services, Floating Concert Entry with Southern Blood, and more. Parade viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entry on the Winterfest App to win Spirit Airlines tickets .

VIP Viewing Area Presented by Holy Cross Health, Nova Southeastern University and Hotwire Communications

Date: Dec. 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location Laura Ward Park

Cost: Tickets are included with the purchase of a sponsorship.

Description: Guests will experience an intimate view of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade. The most prestigious location to watch the Parade! Close to 500 community leaders, dignitaries and Winterfest Sponsors will enjoy the ambiance of a private function between the Riverside Hotel and Stranahan House located where the Parade starts on the New River. This event includes great food from the Riverside Hotel, Tower Club and area restaurants, along with cocktail creations with Republic National Distributing, Co. products such as Fireball Whisky, Chloe and Tribute wines and sampling by LaCroix. The area is also host to the filming of the WSVN television show, livestreaming with Eye On South Florida and parade judges.

Parade Viewing Area presented by Baptist Health

Date: Dec. 11, Gates open at 4 p.m., Parade arrives at 7 pm followed by a concert till 10:30 PM

Location: Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park — 80 Las Olas Cir., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Cost: $25 adults/$15 children

Description: In association with the Beach Business Improvement District, and the Florida Panthers, spectators will experience “Party in the Park” festival atmosphere at Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park. Visitors will enjoy the Stella Artois Culinary Courtyard featuring Coca-Cola, LaCroix, Stella Artois and food vendors. The area will host a variety of activities, South Florida Ford, photos with Santa, and live entertainment on the City of Fort Lauderdale stage with Y100’s Frankie P, Big City Dogs, and the Shane Duncan Band. Parade commentary from iHeartMedia talent Drew from Y100 will be heard throughout the area. Make it a Winterfest® weekend with discounted hotel packages at winterfestparade.com.

For more information visit us online at winterfestparade.com.


By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Winterfest

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