The Winterfest Boat Parade, Ft. Lauderdale’s holiday spectacular of lights, is hosting another Triton networking event at Bimini Boatyard Bar and Grill in Ft. Lauderdale on November 7.
Until then, learn more about the festivities and how to participate in the parade from president and CEO Lisa Scott-Founds.
Q. This is more than just a parade, right? What is Winterfest all about?
Winterfest is celebrating 41 years as the “Greatest Show on H20.” The boat parade is a holiday highlight of the festivities with boaters. It is a celebration on the water with great opportunities to host a party with friends and family, support a charity and a great way to showcase your business.
Q. What is this year’s theme? Musical Memories.
Q.How does this event help the marine industry?
The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade is a positive event showcasing the beauty of our waterways. This is a family-friendly event that really showcases boating.
Q. How does a yacht get involved?
It’s very simple, a parade applications can be found on our website (winterfestparade.com). A private entry is only $35 and you can host a charity sign. Winterfest encourages boaters to put a charity message on their vessel. Boaters can promote their business, too. Entry fees for that starts at $250.
Q. If a yacht cannot be in the parade, can the crew still be involved?
Absolutely, there are charity vessels that are always looking for decorating help. Just contact us.
Q. How can people watch from land? Or from their private boat?
Since Winterfest cannot “fence” our parade route, we utilize volunteer boaters to be our markers. Control boats help spectator crafts know where to safely anchor along the parade route. Anchoring locations can be viewed on our website thru google maps.
Q. What should captains know?
The entry fee for a private yacht is $35. Captains are treated to a captain’s meeting event at West Marine before the parade and a thank-you dinner in February at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale and Broward County Convention Center.
Show categories include classic yacht, tenders, brokers, charter, charity, sailboats, barges and privately owned boats.
Q. Who’s on deck to be grand marshal this year, to join the list that includes Barry Gibb, Kim Kardashian, Alonzo Mourning and Jim Belushi?
It’s a secret who the grand marshall is, but we can tell you, we have some amazing entries in the parade this year.
Our theme decorated Grand Marshal Showboat is sponsored by Ford, there will be an Absolut Vodka Showboat, Santa Aboard Baptist Health and WSVN will have celebrities aboard. There will be classic vessels such as Honey Fitz, Innisfail and a Privateer replica of an 1812 Tall Ship named The Lynx sponsored by Advanced Roofing.
There will also be bands aboard vessels and there is a rumor of a 120 foot gator from Art Basel that might make an appearance.
Q. If someone misses the parade, can they see it somehow?
The parade is broadcast live on the Internet on parade day. WSVN airs the television show the following Saturday at 8 p.m. with additional airings on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Look on our website for additional airings listed at winterfestparade.com.
To follow updates contact Winterfest at +1 954-767-0686 and visit www.WinterfestParade.com for details. For directions contact Bimini Boatyard, +1 954-525-7400, 1555 Southeast 17th St., Ft. Lauderdale, 33316.
2012 winterfest event calendar
Nov. 2 Winterfest white party. After-party open to the public beginning 9 p.m.
Dec. 2 Winterfest family fun day at Riverside Hotel on the lawn. Free family activities.
Dec. 8 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest black tie ball.
Dec. 10 Winterfest captain’s meeting at West Marine
Dec. 14 Seminole hard rock winterfest grand marshal reception.
Dec. 15 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade.
Feb. 25 Winterfest winner’s circle at Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.
March (To be announced) Winterfest volunteer party.