Winterfest Boat Parade – December 10, 2011
UPDATE: The festivities and excitement begins at 3:30 pm when the gates open to the Grandstand Viewing Area. Come early and bring the family (No pets please) to enjoy all of the amenities associated with your reserved and assigned seats. The Boat Parade gets underway at 6:00 pm along Downtown Fort Lauderdale and should arrive at the grandstand area at approximately 7:30 pm.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Winterfest Boat Parade. This year’s theme is “Rockin’ Boats and Holiday Floats”. Kind of a corny sounding name but aren’t all parades a bit corny anyway? They’re meant to be silly and tons of fun! Other than rain, there’s not much which diminishes the fun of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade.
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Starting on the New River in Fort Lauderdale and traveling to the Intracoastal North to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach The 39th Annual Boat Parade will start on the New River as it travels East to the Intracoastal Waterway as it continues North to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. The parade shows off the beauty of our waterways with the music and excitement of every era.
From the vast numbers of private boats to the giant showboats and corporate megayachts, the 100 parade entrants, will be adorned with hundreds of thousands of lights, music, entertainment, decorations, celebrities, musical groups, beauty queens and many other exciting entries expected to be viewed by over one million spectators.
Even though we live here, we never tire of the boat parade. It’s a lot of fun for everyone and visiting relatives and friends absolutely love it. Since we live near the intracoastal we get a great view but if you don’t it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get a great spot to see the Winterfest Boat Parade.
In honor of a new category, to commemorate the city’s 100 th birthday, Winterfest is calling all vintage boats to enter the parade, in a new category. Last year, parade viewers were given a taste ofhistory with America, a 1965 Trumpy Motoryacht and Charm, a 1983 Pilgrim Trawler. This nighttime flotilla gained strength in 1971because of the vision of about 20 enthusiastic boaters.
Another highlight for 2011 will be the extraordinary poster artwork created by marinelife artist Guy Harvey. This is the second Winterfest commissioning for the artist.
For the best seats on land to view the entire Parade, head over to the Winterfest Grandstands located in Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Reserve your tickets today! Stop by the Culinary Courtyard for some great food and get a frost, cold beverage as well. There will be music at the Mobile Mike Stage and Big105.9 FM Morning Show Personalities will be on hand with live parade commentary.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida will host an area with Indian arts, crafts, birds of prey and authentic Indian dancing. Experience the Florida Panthers’ Slap Shot Game, Florida Marlins Prize Wheel, Mermaids, Baseball Throw, climb the Rock Wall, Bounce House, Sun-Sentinel’s Kids’ Town and much more!
You may walk in to Birch State Park for a general admission fee of just $3 are invited to experience all the pre-parade activities but the Grandstands are gated so you will not be permitted inside without a ticket. Walk-ins will need to bring a chair or blanket and save your spot on the southern end of the park near the seawall for optimum viewing. There will be no unauthorized vehicles permitted inside the park the day of the parade.
Park and Ride service and convenient parking at Memorial Park (Sunrise Boulevard – Holiday Park). For each grandstand Ticket purchased, you will also receive a voucher for a Florida Panther’s and Marlins Games game in January. Special appearances by Stanley C. Panther, Billy the Marlin and Santa!
Don’t miss the Winterfest Boat Parade!