Friday, December 17, 2010

Watch the Parade!

Winterfest Friends
Happy Holidays! Thank you for being a part of such a spectacular event this year. Please remember to tune in  to watch our one-hour special on WSVN Channel 7.

  • Saturday, December 18 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 25 at 4:00 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day at 4:00 p.m.

AND REMEMBER to VOTE for your FAVORITE PARADE ENTRY (on the or websites) for the opportunity to win two (2) tickets on Spirit Airlines.

Comcast also bring the parade to residents throughout the state of Florida with the rebroadcast on Fox Sports Net during the holiday season.

Happy Holidays – Lisa, Dawn and Kathy

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Important Info for Saturday, December 11th, 2010

The bridge and road opening and closing times  are APPROXIMATE based on the number of boats and conditions - please schedule your traveling time accordingly.

7th Avenue Bridge
Closed for automobile traffic: 6:20 - 8:00pm

FEC Railroad Bridge
Up: 4:30pm
Down: 8:00pm

Andrews Avenue Bridge
Closed for automobile traffic: 6:00 - 8:00pm

3rd Avenue Bridge
Closed for automobile traffic: 6:00 - 8:00pm

Las Olas Boulevard Bridge
Closed for automobile traffic:7:00 - 9:00pm

Sunrise Boulevard Bridge
Closed for automobile traffic: 7:20 - 9:30pm

Oakland Park Boulevard Bridge
Closed for automobile traffic: 7:40 -10:00pm

Commercial Boulevard Bridge
Closed for automobile traffic:8:00 -10:30pm

The New River will close to spectator watercraft at 2:30pm.

The Intracoastal Waterway will close to spectator watercraft at 4:30pm.

TV Filming Location
Riverside Hotel
starts 6:30pm ends 8:00pm

Click here to view a virtual map of the parade route including anchoring locations for spectators.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Important Information

All boats are encouraged to stage before 4:00pm.
  • Zone A docks before 4:30pm
  • Zones B, C, D, & E dock before 4:45pm and 5:30pm
  • Zones F & G dock between 4:30pm and 5:00pm
  • Zone H docks between 4:00pm and 5:00pm

The Intracoastal Waterway closes at 5:20pm and the New River closes at 2:30pm.

Other reminders...........
Zone B is on the north side and Zone C is on the south side of the New River this year.

John Haley, Boat Parade Chairman
Parade Control is VHF Channel 68 the night of the parade.

Feel free to ask any questions prior to the parade by calling 954-767-0686.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Captain's Meeting - MANDATORY - Dec 06, 2010 - 18:00

Captain's Meeting presented by Memorial Healthcare

"This year's parade will feature a number of specialty boats with a few extravagant productions onboard. Although a little more challenging for us, the entries are well worthwhile and ready to captivate the viewing public. This year's parade will have a strong emphasis on fun for the parade entries as well as the spectators but of course, our first priority is always safety. The plans are all in place and everyone involved is ready to go ! We look forward to seeing everyone on the 11th either on the water or along the shore."

John J. Haley , P.E. | Haley Engineering, Inc.
2010 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Chairman
954-260-6194 | |

Hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Meeting Rooms) from  5:30-8:00 PM

The following information must be filled out PRIOR to this meeting: Prelimary Application (what you see on this website)
  • Proof of Insurance with notation that Winterfest is named additionally insured
  • Application II (which will be mailed/emailed to you separately)
  • Dock Waiver signed (which will be mailed/emailed to you separately)
  • Parade fee received in the Winterfest office.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Come view holiday light displays and reflections of decorated condominiums,businesses and homes along the New River and Intracoastal Waterway. The area will be aglow with holiday décor! Palm trees will be lit as well as elaborate displays and decorations peppering the parade’s backdrop.

Although not required, participants are encouraged to decorate according to Winterfest’s theme, “Dancing thru the Decades.” We encourage participation with holiday decorating and the winners will be included to an “Invitation Only” Awards Party on February 17, 2011.

• Home along the parade route, from Broward Center, east along the New River or on the Intracoastal to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach.
• Condominium or apartment along the parade route.
• Decorations are encouraged in the public realm and on private balconies, docks too!
• Office tower, hotel, restaurant, or business along the parade route.

Shoreline Judging takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 7 with WSVN – Channel 7 capturing the best decorations along the parade route. Here are all the details:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Enter the Parade!

There's still time for you to enter the Seminole HardRock Winterfest Boat Parade !

Enter your boat , a friends boat, or charter a boat. Decorate the boat to a "Dancing Thru the Decades" theme, set up a sound system with some music, put some festive people on the boat and you're ready to go!

The entry fee is only $35. Visit and fill out the boat entry application today. You will also find boat decorating tips on this blog, on our website and at Comcast On Demand.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Calling all Control Boats...

Want to be a control boat during the parade ? Your boat will be anchored front and center with all other spectator watercraft behind you. Your boat helps define the parade channel. 

Simply call 954-767-0686 to sign up ! The Control Boat meeting is December 1st - 6pm at the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Winterfest Family Day presented by FPL

Join us on the SUNDAY, November 28, 2010 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm  for the Winterfest Family Day presented by FPL at the Riverside Hotel Lawn along Las Olas Blvd.

At this free family event, kids enjoy numerous events such as animal displays, pie eating contest, face painting, TV dance performances, sumo wrestling,bounce house, cloggers, singers, photos with Santa, and much more !

Then make your plans for the Winterfest Boat Parade on Saturday, December 11th, 2010.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Parade Decorating Tip #1: Music

Can you imagine going to a dance without music? Music makes the mood and generates the excitement. If you want the winning edge in the boat parade you need to add a sound system. You need to entertain – especially to be picked for the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD (the lucky winner will receive a trip to California). Think of all the music you can add that will sail home the theme of the event and the individual magic of your vessel.

Sound effects CD’s and movie themes can add unique qualities to a boat. Don’t forget there is an award for best sound. If you want to win an overall award sound is a factor in the judging. The entire boating experience is enhanced not only for the viewers but also for you and your passengers. If sight is the only sense you stimulate you are missing the boat! Call Jack at MAE, Music Arts Enterprises for questions at 954-581-2203. Have some fun but be sure to make some noise (music)!

1) Home systems are ok, but generally are not adequate for use in an outdoor, noisy environment. Generally, home speakers, amplifiers, and components are not built for use at the prolonged, loud volumes needed for this type of event. A pair of 500 watt speakers in your living room may be more than enough, but will barely cover a 100’ x 100’ area outdoors. General rule for sound: 15 watts per person for an outdoor system. Add to the equation the distance from where your speakers are located, to where the spectators, and that number is closer to 20 watts per person.

2) Whatever system you decide on using, remember – the higher a speaker is placed, the wider an area of ‘coverage’. Keep in mind that a 2000 watt system would require 20 amperes (amps) of power which could be found on most vessels. 10,000 watts – 100 amps, and so on. At a certain point a generator is required. Smaller generators, 5000 watts (50 amps) or less are as noisy and produce as much exhaust as a lawnmower. Thus, these would need to be placed in the stern of the boat, as far as possible from the loudspeakers. Be careful with the heat of the exhaust, in small spaces this could cause a problem or even a fire !

3) Other components to your system would be a CD player, mixer/preamp to control your volume, an equalizer to tune your system, and of course and amplifier to power your speakers. Generally, it is always better to have a more powerful amp(s) than speakers. Contrary to what most people believe, it is easier to blow or damage a loudspeaker, by under-powering it with a small amp. This is due to the fact that the amp will go into clip (distortion) long before the speaker is up at full power, and that distortion will damage the speakers. Also, say you have a 100 watt speaker paired to a 150 watt amplifier, the amplifier is running cool because you don’t need to run it at full power. This is what referred to as ‘headroom’. This makes for a better, clearer sounding system.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Parade Decorating Tip #2: Lighting a Boat

Many boat owners enjoy participating in a boat parade. Boat parades at Christmas time bring joy to both boaters and onlookers. With the reflection on the water, holiday lights sparkle. Here are a few tips to help you decorate your boat for a Holiday boat parade.
Make a decorating plan for your boat. Decide if there is enough room for a Christmas tree; make sure it doesn't block the captain's view so he can safely navigate. Decide if you can use plug in Christmas lights or if you need battery operated lights. Decide on the type of decorations you want to use. For instance, it may be a themed Christmas boat parade requiring special decorations. Keep in mind that the decorations need to be visible from the shore. Small decorations are difficult to see.
Buy only decorations and Christmas lights that are rated for outdoor use. If you are using battery-operated lights, make sure you have plenty of batteries on hand. Be sure to check each string of lights before you hang them. Remember that both sides of the boat will be seen if you are making a circle during the Christmas boat parade. The Christmas tree or Santa Claus on a sleigh should be placed high on the boat and in the center.

Use rope lights whenever possible on your boat. Rope lights are easier to string and won't get caught on netting or small items. Use bright colored or white lights because the lights will be the background for the rest of your decorations. People watching the boat parade are usually far away and can only see decorations that are brightly lit
Decorate with two or three color combinations only. If you use too many colors, the whole boat will become a blur to the spectators because of the reflection on the water. Place a few more strings of lights to outline the shape of your boat, and the whole decorating scheme will become clear to those viewing the Christmas boat parade.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Winterfest & Non Profits

Amanda Blake, 2009 Parade Captain
We are two months away from the 2010 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 6:30pm. Winterfest would like to see our boating community team up with their neighbors to secure a boat, decorate it, fill it with festive passengers, and enter it in this year's boat parade!

Entering the parade is much simpler than most people think!
Winterfest is here to help you along the way. We can help you with decorating tips, charter suggestions, parade procedures, etc.. This year's theme is "Dancing Thru The Decades".  The Winterfest Boat Parade is the world's most watched boat parade, the largest spectator event in the State of Florida, the 7th largest spectator event in the country, and the top 20th parade in the world !

We are excited about implementing a new program into this year's parade. This year we are encouraging every boat entry to represent a charity of their choice. This concept is actively embraced by the local non-profit community and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the main event sponsor. We anticipate dynamic parade participation by some of the area's most prominent charities in this year's parade! This charity participation can be accomplished in one of several forms:
  • Our preferred option involves a charity working with the boating community to secure a boat entry . This evolves from the charity's initiative. The charity can ask a friend or associate to host their charity on their boat or charter their own boat. The charity can help decorate the boat, create the signage, and staff the boat with their own passengers thereby creating a fundraising opportunity. Winterfest is researching a number of cost effective boat charter opportunities to help charities accomplish this option. A private boat entry hosting a non-profit will only be charged a $35 entry fee.
  • Another option involves a charity's banner or sign being displayed on each side of a boat owned by an existing parade entry. This option is at the discretion and preference of the boat owner. Winterfest will ask existing boat parade entries if they would like to represent a charity on their boat with signage. This will not be a parade requirement but if they are receptive, we will give them the option to choose their own charity.
  • Finally, on occasion a special showboat parade entry may present to Winterfest a fundraiser opportunity on their boat. This would allow a charity to charge a designated number of passengers a fee to ride the showboat during the parade.  

Check out our "Winterfest & Non Profits" tab along the top of this blog.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Boater's Meeting Tonight at CRYC!

Coral Ridge Yacht Club
2800 Yacht Club Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale

Wednesday, November 10th at 5:30 pm
The club will have hors d’oeuvres & beverages as we showcase another great location on the parade route.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Did you know that the basic cost to enter the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade starts at $35 for a Private Entry!

Find out more by visiting our website or stop by and see Kathy at the Boat Show - Convention Center First Floor Booth 3058!

Kathy & Skippy will be at the Boat Show, come on down!

Come see us at the  Boat Show!  Winterfest Boat Parade is at the Convention Center First Floor Booth 3058!

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, lives up to its nickname as "Yachting Capital of the World", hosting the 51st Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this weekend. With more than 3 million square feet of space over five locations, the show's transportation network of bus shuttles, water taxis, and riverboats ensures attendees can easily navigate the boat show and its expansive waterways system.

Come visit our booth to learn all about the 39th annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. I'm there with our Winterfest Team and Skippy too! to navigate you through this year's parade. In celebration of the theme “Dancing thru the Decades” the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade 2010 Grand Marshal is Brooke Burke. The “Dancing with the Stars” host has the perfect synergy with the parade’s theme as well as the official spokeswoman for underWAY – the sponsor of this year’s Grand Marshal Showboat.

 We'll see you there!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Winterfest will float your Boat!

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade sets sail on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. Hailed as the holiday event with a “twist” after all - the floats REALLY do FLOAT,” the Winterfest celebration has something for everyone. Boats of every size from sail to showboat - kayaks to motoryacht – Winterfest is a great event to bring together family, friends and corporate partners together during the holidays. Savvy entries host a pre-parade party and have friend help decorate their boat with inexpensive pre-fab illuminations from retail store or pool together unused holiday lights and decorations from the past. Others have their guests be a part of the decorations with costumes and props. With this year’s parade theme “Dancing thru the Decades” – there is something for everyone to embrace. Boaters can dance the Salsa - put on Flappers and Swing – Hop their Socks Off – Moonwalk along the Waterway or turn up the Heat with a Disco Inferno.

Winterfest is honored this year as the kick-off event for the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Centennial along with a section of the Centennial’s poster showcasing the Parade. 3-D Pop Artist, Charles Fazzino has been chosen as the poster artist for both the Winterfest and the Centennial Celebration this year.

Frank Herhold, retired Executive Director of Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), and recognized in our community as a champion for the boating industry, will be honored as the 2010 Commodore of Winterfest.

Let's make this year’s parade one for the memory books. Consider entering your vintage boat to honor Fort Lauderdale’s 100th birthday, team-up with a charity to embrace the holiday spirit during December and/or get your friends together to decorate to a dance theme to create your own parade party. You have an opportunity to be a star of the parade by entering your decorated boat for only $35. This entry fee is for either a private or non-profit entry on a privately owned vessel (so you can put a sign on your boat promoting your charity of choice), photograph of your decorated vessel as it travels past our VIP/Judging area and two tickets to our awards dinner.

For details on the parade and other Winterfest events call 954.767.0686 download a parade application.

Decorations available to the public!

PROP WAREHOUSE OPEN TO PUBLIC FOR ARTISTIC RECYCLING PROGRAM - Sixth Star Entertainment and Marketing and Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center joined forces to recycle used props and scenic décor leftover from special events and transform them into works of art.  For the first time, Sixth Star opened its warehouse to artists and the general public to tour 20,000 square feet of "treasure".  Items run the gamut and include holiday lights, Styrofoam  shapes, 4'x8' painted scenic theatrical flats and cut outs, metal and plastic pieces, and even some household items.

Representatives from Trash to Treasure were on site to assist the public and answered questions about their program.  The efforts are coordinated through a partnership Sixth Star has developed with Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center, a 501c3 not for profit organization.  Doug Jones, President of Sixth Star stated, "Sustainability and supporting our local arts community is important to Sixth Star and this is a perfect project for us to support."    F.A.T. Village Art Walks feature open galleries and special theatre events.  They are held on the last Saturday of each month at 505 NW 1st Avenue, Ft Lauderdale (F.A.T. Village). For more information about Trash to Treasure's membership, programs and activities, please email  or contact Nanette Saylor at 561-504-1078.

Sixth Star Entertainment and Marketing  is a Fort Lauderdale-based special event and entertainment company specializing in providing memorable events for corporate, casino, not for profit, resort, theme park and cruise clients. Sixth Star's maintains 40,000 sq feet scenic décor, props and costumes in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale.

Be A Part Of History

Ahoy there....only $35 to enter your boat and celebrate in the kick off event of the City of Fort Lauderdale's Centennial!

Friday, October 1, 2010

A WInterfest Sanctioned Event Update: The Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament

Established in 1965, the Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament (FLBT) is one of the oldest and most prestigious competitive offshore fishing tournaments in South Florida.

In response to numerous angler requests this year, the FLBT is moving back to its original November dates and exciting things are in store to celebrate this 45 year milestone! This year’s event, presented by Mercury Marine, will be a one-day competition with the chance for teams to fish from one of three inlets in either Dade, Broward or Palm Beach counties!

The kick-off event will be held on Thursday, November 18th at the International Game Fish Association. Fishing will take place on Saturday, November 20th and the Awards Party will take place on Sunday, November 21st at Bimini Boat Yard.

Mark your calendars for November 18-21, 2010! For details visit