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WINTERFEST Brings “Broadway on Parade” VOLUME 23 • ISSUE 1 • NOVEMBER 2017 Call 954-767-0686 or visit WinterfestParade.com

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Fort Lauderdale’s Downtown, New River and Intracoastal Waterway turns into a Floating Broadway Production along the 12 mile Parade route. On Saturday, December 9th, kayaks, fishing boats, barges and mega yachts bring the holiday season to South Florida with the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade!

Grand Marshal Showboat presented by JM Lexus

Southwest Airlines® Showboat

South Florida Ford Barge

Winterfest® is a 501(c)4 not-forprofit organization which functions through the generous support of our partners, especially our title sponsor - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Without these great organizations and individuals, we could not put together an event of this magnitude. With over 1 million attendees watching the Parade via land, and water , it is considered “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.” A tradition for 46 years, Winterfest® captivates the lights, music and holiday cheer. The organization consists of a dynamic board of 50 individuals dedicated to this community event, more than 300 volunteers, over 70 private boaters, interns and a devoted full time staff of three. The Parade is our signature event but we have many more offerings for all ages. Visit our website for more details on all of our incredible events and learn how to purchase tickets or become a partner.

Happy Holidays! See you at the Parade. Ben Wesley Chairman of the Board Lisa Scott-Founds President & CEO


MERMAIDS WELCOME

TROPICAL OASIS LOUNGING ICONIC ENTERTAINMENT ENDLESS SURPRISES HARDROCKHOLLY.COM

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Broadway themed video walls and a splash of ocean add to the white hot glitz of this year’s Winterfest® kick-off celebration. Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa hosts the Gray Robinson, P.A. Winterfest® White Party. Guests are greeted with a specialty cocktail from Deep Eddy Vodka and flowing bubbly from Champagne Taittinger. Guests of this exclusive event are the first to preview the 2017 media campaign and the unveiling of the official poster created by local artist and the voice of the historic Stranahan House - April Renee Kirk. Coastal Restaurant at the Atlantic Hotel was the featured restaurant along with culinary creations from Anthony’s Runway 84, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Sea Level, 3030 Ocean, Grille 401, Timpano, Truluck’s and desserts from Coccodots Cake Shop and Joji Yogurt. The Event Luxe Lounge was a huge hit, and the bars were stocked with spirits from Republic National Distributing Company with The Macallan, Brugal Rum, Cointreau, Fireball, Rum Chata, Meastro Dobel Tequila, Rebel Yell, The Botanist Gin, Famous Grouse, San Angelo, and Beckon wines. Stephen’s Distributing brought the king of beers - Budweiser. LaCroix was on hand for sampling. Guests get photos compliments of Cirque du Soleil Volta, Ultimate Software and Ford. Other highlights from the evening include a video announcements of Grand Marshals - Country Legends Big & Rich, models from Panta Interactive and announcements of more Parade celebrities. Sixth Star Entertainment brings entertainment and beautiful décor. DJ Ivan in the house rocking it out and All On Stage provides LED Screens to the party and elevated the sound and visual highlights throughout the evening. Special thank you to Steve Savor for his donation to the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund on our behalf.

, There s An App for That!

PARADE TRACKER POWERED BY FORD

The app offers links to the Winterfest® site for visitor’s info, Parade route map, info of events, music, coloring pages and a Parade Tracker as the Santa Showboat and other entries navigate the Parade route. Vote for your favorite boat by clicking on the image in the app OR texting Boat (number) to 23000. All boat entries are listed.

Winterfest has been responsible for over $450,000 to this charity

WANT TO GET ON THE “LIST”? Want to get up close with Santa and explain why you belong on the “nice” list? The Santa Showboat is open to the public and tickets are now available! Children of all ages will be aboard including our nominees from the Winterfest® Jr. Captain Contest. The Jungle Queen will be transformed into a floating Holiday Party. Buffet dinner and a cash bar is included. Tickets are only $75 and can be purchased by calling the Winterfest® office or visiting: WinterfestParade.com

(Msg and data rates may apply)

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WINTERFEST® FAMILY FUN DAY

PRESENTED BY

NOVEMBER 26 FROM 10 A.M. – 3 P.M. HUIZENGA PLAZA – 32 E. LAS OLAS BOULEVARD • FORT LAUDERDALE E XCITI N G

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Performances by Classic Rock Therapy and South FloridaCloggers Florida Panthers activities, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, PDQ Hosted by Chris Cruz from Y100 Interact with ACR Electronics, AARP, Broadway Across America, Fifth Third Bank race car, Stranahan House, Sanibel Shell Love Bug, Cirque du Soleil, Southwest Airlines®, Sprint, Ford Display, Florida Renaissance Festival, The Salvation Army, Miami Marlins & M.A.D.D • Coccodots Cake Shop cookie decorating tent • Sampling of LaCroix, Power Crunch, GoGo Squeeze & Nesquick • Catabella Express, Fair Slide, Polar Express, Broadway Instrument Petting Zoo • WSVN Channel 7, SunnyTV and EyeOnSouthFlorida.com on-location • Cathy & Larry Danielle Pet Rescue Row-Bird Lovers, Charlie’s Friends, Abandoned Pet Rescue & Furever Family Rescue, Milo’s Dog Rescue, Humane Society of Broward County • Photo ops with Santa, Supercon Heroes, Billy the Marlin, Stanley the Panther and more • Free bicycle helmets from Epilepsy Foundation … and A REAL Ice Rink *Fee to skate

CALL 954-767-0686 or winterfestparade.com

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Presented by

THE WINTERFEST® BLACK TIE BALL IS BEST KNOWN AS THE SOCIAL AFFAIR OF THE SEASON! The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Black Tie Ball Kicks off the Holiday Season at Hard Rock Live with the

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“In late December... What a very special time for me - as I remember, what a night!” Oh, what a night is what you will be saying at the social event of the year on Saturday, December 2nd! The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Black Tie Ball presented by Ford in association with Republic National Distributing Company will kick off the holiday season in elegant South Florida style. Hosted by The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at Hard Rock Live, this highly anticipated event will sell out quickly. Over 900 guests will walk The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, P.A. Red Carpet Reception and be greeted with a glass of Champagne Taittinger, libations from the Deep Eddy Vodka ice bar, entertainment sponsored by Luxury PR Group and photos while bidding on over 250 items in the Fidelity Investments Silent Auction from the convenience of their phones. Items include jewelry, cruises, vacations, sports memorabilia, art and more. Live Auction includes; • 2018 Ford Mustang • Carroll’s Jewelers Shopping Spree • Crystal Cruise • Atlantic Grille Party for 250! • 5 Nights in Costa Rica with airfare You can start your bidding now at home, using your mobile device or computer by visiting: https://qtego.net/auc/winterfest/ (do not have to attend to bid) The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino converts Hard Rock Live into a1960’s night club. There will be special performances direct from the musical “Jersey Boys” brought to you by Broadway Across America. Create lasting memories in the Ultimate Software and Twinbrook Insurance photo booths. The evening will include the who’s who and fashionistas wearing Zola Keller gowns. Ball Co-Chairs Susan Renneisen and Danielle Dattile have an amazing evening in store for guests. Tables of 10 are now being accepted, starting at $2,500, Individual tickets are also available for purchase, $250 per person. See YOU on the dance floor! For details on how to be a part of all the fun and excitement of Winterfest®, call 954.767.0686 or visit WinterfestParade.com. Photos: Sporting gorgeous gowns from Zola Keller, Susan Renneisen, Lisa ScottFounds and Danielle Dattile with David Boothe and Gregg Snowden. Members of the ball committee and sponsors put in countless hours working on this spectacular pr oduction.

2017 Belle of the Ball: Eugenia Ellis

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WAVE TO THE CAMERAS DURING THE PARADE

SENSATIONAL SHOWBOATS:

Grand Marshal Showboat Presented By

In memory of Dr. William Zenga Residents and businesses located along the Intracoastal Waterway and the New River can be a part of the Parade by decorating their property or dock on Parade Night, December 9. The cameras will be focused on the Parade boats AND the lights on shore. Decorate your property and be a backdrop for the award-winning Parade. WSVN Channel 7 will feature the best of the best of decorated homes and businesses along the Parade route. Be sure to give your best wave to photographers, film crew aboard the Grand Marshal Showboat - the South Beach Lady on PARADE NIGHT.

Fifth Third Bank proudly supports the 2017 Winterfest Parade.

Fifth Third Bank. Member FDIC.

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BOATERS WE NEED YOU TO BE CONTROL BOATS Where would we be without our amazing volunteers, boating clubs, and Coast Guard Auxiliaries to coordinate our Official Control Boat Fleet? Our Control Boats are the additional eyes and ears of the Parade that also keep the “line” between the Parade participants and spectators established. If you would like to help the Parade as a Control Boat while having an awesome view, please contact the Winterfest® office at 954-767-0686. All Control Boats receive a great goodie bag, opportunity to win a raffle prize by ACR Electronics, and are invited to our Volunteer Party at Timpano in March.

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SMILE FOR THE CAMERAS WAVE TO THE JUDGES There will be several camera crews on hand for the Parade on December 9. WSVN will film at the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard and the Stranahan House, while providing the connection to the City of Fort Lauderdale’s channel 78. Sunny TV and Eye on South Florida will provide a live webcam. WSVN will have the Parade on their social media such as Facebook Live. The best places to view the Parade in true procession along the New River are at the Riverside Hotel, areas near the Stranahan House, and east from the Downtowner Saloon. For a complete list of viewing locations, visit www.WinterfestParade.com/where-to-eat-where-to-stay.

ENTER YOUR BOAT FOR ONLY $35 AND BE ON TV PARADE STARTS DECEMBER 9 AT 6:30 PM

It only costs $35 to become part of the Parade! From kayaks to yachts, and paddle boards to catamarans, all are welcome to take part in this year’s theme, “Broadway on Parade” by decorating their Parade entries. All entries will have the opportunity to be featured on television and are automatically qualified to compete for the “People’s Choice Award.” So come out and support your boating community by participating in Winterfest!

WEEKDAY MORNINGS FROM 6:00AM-10:00AM

LISTEN LIVE big1059.com

PREVIOUS ENTRIES

As the master of your vessel, you can decorate your entry in holiday or Parade theme. Millions will be watching so adorn to amaze, and remember: Winterfest® encourages all entries to add a sign of any charity that they support!

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CAPTAIN’S MEETING PRESENTED BY HOSTED BY DECMBER 4TH, 5:30 - 8:00 P.M.

This meeting is mandatory for Parade participants to attend. Meeting includes review of rules, regulations, and line-up information with U.S. Coast Guard, Fort Lauderdale Marine Patrol and Parade Organizers. Dinner and cocktails will be provided after the meeting. Each entry will receive a well stocked goodie bag along with a souvenir burgee from Wizard Creations. Winterfest® Boating Safety Sponsor will be demonstrating equipment and giving away raffle items to our boaters. Mark Swenson, Boat Parade Chairman

Want to be a part of the exclusive parties? Don’t miss the fun - become a Winterfest Sponsor Call 954-767-0686 today!

Broward County Students in Grades 3-5 Get Your Pens, Crayons and Markers Out and Draw A Fantasy Boat

FANTASY BOAT STUDENT ART CONTEST

PRESENTED BY

Artwork from 2016 participants

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Draw a fantasy boat for this year’s student art contest presented by Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital at Broward Health. Working with the Broward County School System and Broward Education Foundation, Winterfest® is encouraging kids in grades 3 – 5 to participate by submitting an 8.5” x 11” original artwork of a fantasy boat they would like to see in the Parade. The students winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will win awards and cash for their schools. Not only will each participating student have his/her artwork exhibited in the Galleria Fort Lauderdale, but they will also be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony with their parents on March 22, 2018. Each participant will receive a free ticket to The South Florida Fair, Museum of Art and Chinese Lantern Festival along with Kids Meals at PDQ, Bubba Gump and a participation certificate. DEADLINE FOR BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC, PRIVATE AND HOME SCHOOLED STUDENTS TO ENTER IS JANUARY 18th

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JUNIOR CAPTAIN: THE LEGACY CONTINUES

Congratulations Grayson Zrelak Representing Deliver the Dream

Who will be aboard the Winterfest® Jr. Captain Showboat Grayson is an energetic 12 year old who has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Grayson has documented his journey thru his YouTube channel Grayson ZREMAN, so other children would know what to expect. Congratulations to Grayson who received 6,824 votes in our social media campaign. Grayson, his family and charity members will be aboard the Winterfest® Jr. Captain Showboat powered by and a check for $1,000.00 to the charity.

GRAYSON Deliver the Dream

This year, eight nominees from the Jr. Captain contest and their immediate family will ride on the Santa Showboat. The Broward County charities which participated in the Jr. Captain Contest will have children aboard.

, THIS YEAR S NOMINEES

ALEJANDRO Special Olympics Broward

CARLOS Special Compass

DAVI A Prom to Remember

HOPE and FAITH Equine-Assisted Therapies

JACOB Pinion Inc.

NAAIMA Kids in Distress

NEVIYAH Habitat for Humanity

NOAH Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

In 2009, Winterfest® created the Jr. Captain - inspired by an amazing 15-year-old, Amanda Blake, who was fighting a rare form of bone cancer. This award honors a local child fighting a difficult battle with the privilege of being the Jr. Parade Captain.

ABOUT THE POSTER ARTIST APRIL KIRK Local Artist April Kirk is the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade poster artist. April Kirk is a resident of Fort Lauderdale, the Executive Director of the Historic Stranahan House Museum, and a painter. A native of Broward County, April is a graduate of Pine Crest School and received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in painting and printmaking and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina. April seeks inspiration for her paintings from old family photographs, pop culture, and her surroundings. Paintings often are created as part of a larger series such as cat portraiture, Converse shoes, or the latest series, the City of Fort Lauderdale. The paintings currently on display at Fort Lauderdale City Hall all represent iconic images of Fort Lauderdale.

WINTERFEST ® MERCHANDISE Get an early jump on your holiday shopping by purchasing Winterfest® merchandise! Winterfest® merchandise is on sale and available by visiting winterfestparade.com or calling 954-767-0686. One of a kind items such as ornaments and Winterfest® charms are all available Winterfest® charms designed by Carroll’s Jewelers Winterfest® ornaments designed by Pat Anderson for only $20

Additional paintings in this series can be found at: Facebook.com/ AprilReneeKirkArtist or AprilReneeKirk.com

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COUNTRY LEGENDS “BIG & RICH” WITH OTHER CELEBRITIES WILL ROCK OUR WATERWAY An American country music duo composed of Big Kenny and John Rich, Big & Rich are known for their high-energy shows, and thrilling crowds across the country. They are America’s technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, John and Big Kenny are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers, and entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed on a welcoming world. With their one-of-a-kind vocal blend and musical styles, Big & Rich draws fans from all genres and ages. Their latest single “California” is out now with the full album, Did It For The Party, to be released later this year. Some

of their hit songs include “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,” “8th of November,” Look At You” Lost in this Moment” “Run Away with You,” “Lovin’ Lately” and “Comin’ to Your City.” Big & Rich will be entertaining the Fort Lauderdale waterways on Saturday, December 9, 2017 as the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Grand Marshals. A Special Thank you to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for bringing this iconic duo to the Parade. They will be on the bow of the Grand Marshal Showboat brought to you by JM Lexus where more than one million spectators getting a chance to sing “Did it or the Party.”

SEMINOLE HARD ROCK WINTERFEST GRAND MARSHAL RECEPTION PRESENTED BY SPECIAL GUESTS

Big & Rich will be honored at the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Grand Marshal Reception, poolside the night before, where the drinks will be flowing courtesy of Republic National Distributing Company and bubbles from Champagne Taittinger. This private reception presented by Hotwire Communications will have noteworthy celebrities which will be in the Parade. Guests will have a chance to win in the Fifth Third Bank Money Grab. Captain Lee Bravo’s “Below Deck”

Linette De Los Santos Miss Florida USA 2017

Joey Fatone founding member of NSYNC

Victoria DiSorbo Miss Florida Teen USA

Chris Kirkpatrick founding member of NSYNC

BIG & RICH • 2017 Grand Marshals

LUTN Light Up The Night

Ken Ortner Commodore

will receive an array of honors as well as gifts from our sponsors This Year, the Grand Marshals will be donating their appearance fee to various charities benefiting the victims from the Las Vegas tragedy, Hurricanes Irma and Harvey as well as their charity for children.

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Experience

By Land

GRANDSTAND VIEWING AREA POWERED BY

, IT S A PARTY IN THE PARK AND YOU ARE INVITED!

Don’t have your tickets to the “Greatest Show on H2O?” Here is how to ensure you get your very own reserved and assigned seat. Stop by Crown Wine & Spirits and get the added value of a wine tasting voucher to one of their upcoming events. Visit select Publix Super Markets or Sprint locations to get a $5 discount coupon. Once you get your discount, head to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Front Desk, call the Winterfest® office or order online at winterfestparade.com. The Grandstand Viewing Area powered by Ford is filled with activities including inflatables, interactive games, Southwest® Mobile Porch, giveaways by the Florida Panthers. AARP will have a special section for their volunteers. The area will also have a bounce house, SunSentinel Kids Town and more! Get your photos with Stanley C. Panther and of course the jolly man himself – Santa!

TICKETS: Fun for the whole family at an affordable price of only $25 per adult / $20 per child (10 and younger). PARK AND RIDE: We have arranged COMPLIMENTARY Parking at the Galleria Mall for our guests and Charter Buses to Birch State Park are only $5 per person round trip (children 3 and under ride free on your lap). RAIN OR SHINE! The Parade will go on rain or shine and there are no refunds, no exceptions. No pets, cans, or coolers are permitted inside the gated Grandstand area. For additional information, call 954.767.0686.

Big City Dogs will rock the City Stage. Boat Commentary provided by Big 105.9’s very own Danny Rivera and Luke Pirozzoli. Hungry? Thirsty? Don’t worry, we have you covered! The Budweiser Culinary Courtyard will have a variety of festival foods, beer, wine and soda for purchase (and some sampling too!). Scared of the dark? Don’t worry – there will be plenty of GLOW fun give-aways by Ford. WHEN? Saturday, December 9– Festival grounds open at 3:30 p.m. WHERE? Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale (but you can’t park there!) Special Thank You To

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VIP AREA

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL AND HUIZENGA FAMILY FOUNDATION SPONSOR More than 500 community leaders and sponsors will enjoy the most coveted location to watch the Parade near the renowned Riverside Hotel at Laura Ward Park. Guests will mingle amongst hosts for the Winterfest® television show and Parade judges as they enjoy delectable food and cocktails. We would especially like to thank the Huizenga Family, Nova Southeastern University, Holy Cross Hospital and UBS The Garvin Financial Team for creating a beautiful setting for guests. Historically, the Seminoles would travel along the New River by canoe and trade with the Stranahan family. Frank Stranahan always welcomed them on the property, while Ivy Stranahan taught the Seminoles to read, write, and sew. Because of this amazing history, the Stranahan House is the perfect starting point for the strong holiday tradition that is the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade. Guests will receive gifts from

Hosted by

HAVE YOU SEEN OUR WRAPPED JM LEXUS RX350 AROUND TOWN? Take a photo of the vehicle with the #WinterfestFL17 for the chance to win Winterfest tickets.

ABOUT SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO

VOLUNTEER PARTY AT

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is South Florida’s iconic entertainment destination located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach. The AAA Four Diamond-rated resort features 469 luxury guest rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club Bar & Grill, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, premium meeting and convention space and a 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. The casino offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. In the heart of the hotel is L Bar, a sophisticated, contemporary lounge showcasing handcrafted classic cocktails with a twist. Contemporary and casual eateries, include Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 178 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.

Our volunteers play a significant role in the success of Winterfest®, and because of their valiant efforts, we want to reward them! Hosted by Timpano, we offer a giant “thank you” to our wonderful volunteers and honor one person with the Carolyn McLaughlin Spirit of Volunteerism award.

For more information, call 800-937-0010, visit us online at www. seminolehardrockhollywood.com, or follow us on Facebook: @SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

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Winterfest staff with past recipients


PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

WINTERFEST® TELEVISION SPECIAL

ONE HOUR SPECIAL:

YOU BE THE JUDGE

PICK WHICH PARADE ENTRY WINS AND YOU COULD WIN ROUND TRIP TRAVEL   Whether you are enjoying the Parade from home, aboard a boat, or on the shore, you can vote for your favorite boat to win the People’s Choice Award. This is a great way to honor the hard work of a boat owner or organization.

WATCH - DOWNLOAD & VOTE (There’s a FREE app for that)

DOWNLOAD THE WINTERFEST® APP POWERED BY SCROLL THRU THE IMAGES and VOTE and you might WIN! Check out WinterfestParade.com to find the app and details on the categories judged; such as best decorated, sound, spirit and more! Vote and you will be entered for a chance to win round trip travel for two (2) on Southwest Airlines ®. If you are viewing from the Grandstand Viewing Area powered by Ford, volunteers will be able to assist you with text voting. Simply text “boat” followed by your favorite entry’s number to “23000” to vote (for example Boat4, Boat07, Boat 100) OR download the Winterfest® App to vote.

SOUTH FLORIDA: Watch the Winterfest® Television Special on WSVN 7 on December 16 (7 p.m.), December 25 (4 p.m.) and December 31 (5 p.m.). BOSTON: Sister stations will air the Parade on December 25 at 1 p.m. (WHDH) and December 24 at 5 p.m. and December 25 at 10 a.m. (WLVI). STATE OF FLORIDA: The Winterfest® Television Special is shared around the state through a network partnership with WSVN and FOX Sports Sun is rebroadcast throughout the holiday season.

SEE IT LIVE: LOCALLY: The ‘World’s Most Watched Boat Parade’ can be seen live on Fort Lauderdale’s city station – Comcast Channel 78. AROUND THE WORLD: Hello Sunny and EyeOnSouthFlorida.com will stream the Parade live with a link on Winterfestparade.com. Check our website for details and video highlights of events throughout the season.

RECEIVE PARADE UPDATES AND INFORMATION FROM OUR PARTNERS:

VOTING: DECEMBER 9-JANUARY 6: Don’t miss out on the action! Watch the Parade live on Fort Lauderdale Channel 78 or live streaming on the web and Facebook. You can be a JUDGE The People’s Choice Award begins on December 9, 2017 at 11:59 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on January 6, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET (the “Promotion Period”). Winterfest ® computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes. Winner may not substitute or transfer all or any portion of any prize. 2017 JUDGES:

Colonel Frank Adderly Broward County Sheriff

Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown

FOUNDING SPONSORS

United States Coast Guard - Sector 7

Gigi Diaz

93.9 MIA On Air Personality, iHeart Media

Juliette Roulhac

Chair Elect, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

Stacy Ritter

President & CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mayor Jack Seiler

City of Fort Lauderdale

John Slivon

President, REALTOR(R) of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors And YOU! Download the Winterfest® App, Vote and you might win tickets from Southwest Airlines® Official Rules: https://winterfestparade.com/people-choice-award NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  Void where prohibited.  Open to legal residents of Florida age 19 or older at time of entry.  Limit one entry per person.  All fields must be completed.  Approximate retail value of prize: $800.  For complete details and Official Rules, visit winterfestparade. com  By submitting this entry, you agree to the Official Rules.  By entering, information collected will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy at winterfestparade.com  Sponsor:  Winterfest, Inc., 512 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301.  Enter by 8:00 p.m. ET on January 6, 2018.  Message and data rates may apply.  Data plans may not be available through all wireless carriers. 

Code: WFP17

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SANCTIONED EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS 2017-2018 November 21 - January 15, 2018 Chinese Lantern Festival -Central Broward Regional Park will host a new and spectacular family friendly event this holiday season, the Chinese Lantern Festival produced by Hanart Culture. The 8-week Lantern Festival is a totally immersive experience among Chinese culture, multi-hued “The Wild” animal lantern displays, live entertainment, authentic Chinese food, hand-made gifts by Chinese craftspeople, and more. Visit chineselanternfestival.com for more info. November 28, 2017 The Worth Avenue Tree Lighting - Led by Santa Claus, his elves, and entertainers, The Worth Avenue Association and Palm Beach Mayor, Gail Coniglio, welcome the holiday season with an annual parade featuring a fabulous “Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat” that concludes with the signature, spectacular Christmas Tree Lighting Event, signifying the unofficial start of Palm Beach’s magical shopping season. The parade begins at 6pm, with the flip of a switch that lights the magnificent 40-foot tree happening at 6:29 pm. Make sure to get there early and queue up the little tykes for a turn on Santa’s magical throne. Contact Luxury PR Group 561.843.9554 or visit worth-avenue.com for more information December 10, 2017 Toys in the Sun Run - More than 30,000 motorcyclists take part in the “29th Annual South Florida President’s Council (SFPC) Toys in the Sun Run.” Proceeds benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. toysinthesunrun.com December 13, 2017 Coral Springs Holiday Parade - The City of Coral Springs “A Tropical Holiday” Parade will host more than 60 entries this year. The parade includes local high school bands, as well as themed floats, mascots, and of course, Santa! CoralSprings.org/holidayparade or call 954.345.2200. January 12-28, 2018 South Florida Fair - The 2018 South Florida Fair will feature 17 days of themed parades, including the Fair’s two signature Bike Nite parades. Each day, the Fair will highlight a famous parade from around the world, with authentic music, colorful costumes and beautifully decorated Mardi Gras floats, which will also be on display in the “Magical Parades” exhibition. Information: (561) 793-0333 southfloridafair.com February 10-March 25, 2018 Florida Renaissance Festival - Travel back in time to the 16th Century at the 26th Annual Florida Renaissance Festival, coming to Quiet Waters Park, February 10th through March 25th, from 10:00 a.m. to Sunset! Over 100 Artisans selling their wares, Over 100 Performers to entertain, Kid’s Kingdom, Entertainment, Food and Drynk fit for a King! It’s a Fun Family Event for All Ages! For information: ren-fest.com March 10, 2018 Hope Floats Benefiting Tomorrow’s Rainbow - 7th Annual Hope Floats Benefiting Tomorrow’s Rainbow is a free memorial celebration for the entire family at Esplanade Park and is open to the public at 1 p.m. Paper boat parade featuring a 24 foot paper boat honoring those close in our hearts forever. 954.978.2390. TomorrowsRainbow.org April 27, 2018 Spin-A-Thon - The Marine Industry Cares Foundation Annual Spin-A-Thon returns to where it all began on Fort Lauderdale Beach at D.C. Alexander Park from 3pm – 7pm. Benefits local charities. marineindustrycares.org. May 12, 2018 Fort Lauderdale Pirate Festival- Celebrate Fort Lauderdale’s pirate history at the first ever Fort Lauderdale Pirate Festival brought to you by the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy the raft race, live entertainment, kids fun area, food and drink from 11 am – 7 pm in Esplanade Park. www.ftlpiratefest.com July 12-15, 2018 Supercon -Supercon is a four-day festival and convention each year meant to celebrate Comic Books, Animation, Cartoons, Anime, Video Games, Cosplay, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Pop Culture and all things Geek! It is the largest event of its kind in South Florida located at the Ft. Lauderdale/ Broward County Convention Center and one of the largest events of its kind in the United States. floridasupercon.com

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BRIDGE OPENINGS & CLOSINGS DECEMBER 9

PARADE DAY –SATURDAY DEC. 9TH CLOSINGS WILL BE IN EFFECT: • New River closes at 2:30 p.m. to non-parade vessels from the Fork near Little Florida, West of Cooley’s Landing (2606993N, 08009192W) East to Marker 9 • Intracoastal Waterway will close at 5:20 p.m. from Port Everglades to Oakland Park Bridge South 6:20 p.m. North of Oakland Park Bridge to Lake Santa Barbara • Parade Staging/Line Up 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ALL Parade Vessels, New River • Parade Start Time: 6:30 p.m., SHARP

NO ANCHORING ZONES No anchor zones will be enforced throughout the New River and in front of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Visit www.winterfestparade.com/where-can-i-anchor-a-spectatorboat to view the route.

BRIDGE CLOSINGS FOR ROAD TRAFFIC (Bridge times are approximate)

UP

DOWN

7th Avenue Bridge . . . . . . . . 6:00 p.m. . . . . . 8:30 p.m. FEC Railroad Bridge . . . . . . . .4:45 p.m. . . . . . 8:30 p.m. Andrews Avenue . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 p.m. . . . . . 8:30 p.m. Third Avenue Bridge . . . . . . . 6:00 p.m. . . . . . 8:30 p.m. Las Olas Boulevard . . . . . . . . .7:00 p.m. . . . . . 9:00 p.m. Sunrise Boulevard . . . . . . . . .7:30 p.m. . . . . . 9:30 p.m. Viewing from the Grandstand Area (just north of Sunrise Boulevard) Oakland Park Boulevard . . . 8:00 p.m. . . . . 10:00 p.m. Commercial Boulevard . . . . . .8:30 p.m. . . . . 11:00 p.m.

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WINTERFEST® DECO DREAM GET-AWAY CONTEST VISIT PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS MID-NOV. THRU DEC. 4, 2017

,

2017 CAPTAIN S CUP

HOSTED BY GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

for a chance to win a dream vacation to the exclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Cancun Resort in Mexico, includes round trip travel for two on Southwest Airlines®. Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade 2017 winners will be honored for the best in decorations, theme and spirit at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center in February 2018.

PLUS a chance to win other great prizes such as: • 2 tickets on the Grand Marshal Showboat presented by

Each Parade participant will receive two (2) tickets to this incredible event with an Oscar-inspired theme. Winners will have the opportunity to win Boaty Awards and will be congratulated by Winterfest®’s board of directors, corporate partners, and other supporters.

Featuring Country Legends Our Grand Marshals are brought to you by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino • 2 tickets to the Grand Marshal Reception presented by Hotwire Communications • Grandstand Viewing Area Package and MORE! Must be 21 or older to enter and a legal resident of Florida. No purchase necessary. Official rules at winterfestparade. com/sweepstakes Prizes are subject to change.

Visit Crown Wine & Spirits for a chance to Win! On December 5, tune in to WSVN Channel 7, Deco Drive to see if you are a lucky winner! Eligibility: Winterfest® Deco Dream Get-Away Contest (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of Florida who are at least twenty-one (21) years old at the time of entry. The Sweepstakes begins on November 10, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on December 4, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. ET (the “Promotion Period”). Entrants who enter the Sweepstakes via text-messaging on their phone or other web-enabled device may be charged according to their carriers’ data rate or text-messaging plans; entrants should contact their carriers for pricing details.

VISIT SELECT LOCATIONS for a chance to win Grandstand Tickets!

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T H A N K YO U TO O U R S P O N S O R S : TITLE SPONSOR

FOUNDING SPONSORS

OFFICIAL SPONSORS

MEDIA PARTNERS

CONTRIBUTING SPONSORS

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All On Stage Productions, Inc. Bokampers The Botanist Gin Cape Ann Towing Carr Workplaces Cathy & Larry Danielle Cointreau Crazy About Costumes Deco Productions Downtowner Saloon The Famous Grouse Whisky Fireball Cinnamon Whisky GPO Photography Ivan Rodriguez Consulting, Inc.

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Kenneth A. Ortner, P.A. Live Nation Entertainment / Cirque du Soleil The Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky Maestro Dobel Tequila Miami Marlins Panta Interactive Division Pat Anderson, Artist ProMotion Sports & Entertainment, LLC Publix Super Markets, Inc. Rebel Yell Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, Inc. RumChata The Las Olas Company Van Dee Fulfilllment


“Our Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade ushers in the holiday season for families, friends, neighbors, and visitors with an entertaining, funfilled nautical festival. As Fort Lauderdale’s signature holiday celebration for over 46 years, the recognized “Greatest Show on H2O” excites and enriches millions with its spectacular illumination, colorful pageantry, vibrant music, and magnificently decorated vessels. The Boat Parade puts us in the international spotlight, strengthens our reputation as a “must-see” destination, and generates millions for our local economy. Please join us for this magical evening on the water that truly symbolizes the holiday spirit and joyful tradition of our great City.”

John P. “Jack” Seiler

“The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade is one of the premiere events in South Florida as we welcome in the holiday season. This family fun occasion is a spectacle for all ages, bringing together Broward County residents and visitors to watch the beautiful lights and wonderfully decorated boats.  On behalf of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, I want to thank the many participants and volunteers who work throughout the year to make this showcase event the huge success that it is.”

Beam Furr Beam Furr

Broward County Vice-Mayor

“The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade is a 46-year tradition in Greater Fort Lauderdale and marks the kick off to the destination’s glittering holiday season. Visitors from around the globe can get into the festive spirit of the season, with hundreds of brightly lit and spectacularly decorated boats and yachts. This celebration, along the area’s famed and scenic waterways, spotlights the water culture and lifestyle that can only be found in our sunny destination. We are looking forward to another successful year.”

Stacy Ritter

Stacy Ritter, President, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

John P. “Jack” Seiler, Mayor, City of Ft. Lauderdale

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T H A N K YO U TO O U R S P O N S O R S : EVENT SPONSORS

HUIZENGA FAMILY

BOAT PARADE SPONSORS

OPERATION ASSISTANCE

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Broward Amateur Radio Club Broward County Board of County Commissioners BSO Marine Unit City of Fort Lauderdale Dockmaster City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation

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Florida Department of Transportation Fort Lauderdale Police Marine Unit Fort Lauderdale Police Department United States Coast Guard


THE WIZARDS BEHIND THE CURTAIN OF WINTERFEST Winterfest® is comprised of a staff of three, board of 50 and hundreds of volunteers. Let us meet the individual “wizards” behind the curtain: Lisa Scott-Founds, Winterfest®’s President and CEO, has been at the helm for 23 years. Because of her passion and leadership, the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade has garnered a reputation as the “World’s Most Watched Boat Parade”, and Florida’s #1 most attended live spectator event. As a South Florida native, Lisa holds this local family tradition near and dear to her heart.  “I grew up with Winterfest®, watching the Parades with my family” says Lisa. “The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade is how South Florida celebrates the holidays. I am so proud to be a part of the Winterfest® family, and I invite the community to join us and be a part of this heart-warming, family holiday tradition.” Dawn Read, another South Florida native, is Winterfest’s® Event Director. 2017 is Dawn’s 24th Parade and ensures that all of the jaw dropping showboats look their best and are ready to get you in the holiday spirit! Dawn also organizes all of the events and logistics that encompass the Winterfest® celebration season (White Party, Black Tie Ball, Family Fun Day, etc.). On Parade day, you will find her at the Grandstand Viewing Area with her three sons who volunteer.

Lisa Scott-Founds, Dawn Read, Kathy Keleher with 2017 Interns: Layla Harrison, Meridith Smith and Hannah Lenhart

Chairman: Ben Wesley, Commodore: Ken Ortner and Parade Chair: Mark Swenson

South Florida’s waterways and recreational boating to his chairmanship. Mark is with UBS - Financial Services - The Garvin Financial Team. Mark is also a new father and is looking forward to making Winterfest® holiday memories with his baby girl, Annika Christine.

Kathy Keleher came to South Florida from another town known for water – Niagara Falls. She serves as the Marketing and Parade Director for the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade. Kathy recruits all of the amazing boats you will see on December 9th, makes sure that they are all in compliance with Parade rules and regulations, and ensures that you know about the Winterfest® events. She will be celebrating 17 years with Winterfest®. Ben Wesley serves as the Chairman of the Board, and brings his passion for community and business to Winterfest®. As the External Affairs Manager for FPL, Ben brings his commitment to the community to his position. FPL sponsors the Jr. Captain Program and will be hosting this year’s winner, Grayson Zrelack representing Deliver the Dream, aboard their showboat. Mark Swenson, the Boat Parade Chairman will be at the helm for his 3rd year. As a member of the local boating community, Mark brings his love and knowledge of

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WINTERFEST® - THE WORLD’S MOST WATCHED BOAT PARADE IS FORT LAUDERDALE’S SIGNATURE HOLIDAY EVENT The countdown has begun for the Greatest Show on H2O; the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will be rockin’ the South Florida waterways on Saturday, December 9, 2017. There is no better way to kick off the holiday season, Fort Lauderdale style, with boats of all shapes and sizes decked out in millions of lights and hundreds of watts of music pumping through their sound systems - all for the entertainment of the more than one million spectators along the 12-mile waterway Parade route. This year’s theme is “Broadway on Parade” and promises to captivate the theatre lover in all of us! As the “World’s Most Watched Boat Parade,” Florida’s #1 attended one day live spectator event, #7 in the U.S and Top 20 Parade in the World, Winterfest® Inc. has an economic impact of over 51 million dollars annually to the South Florida economy. Each year, Winterfest® organizers strive to create an unexpected twist for Parade guests, and this year is no different. Expect lots of surprises – you never know who will show up at a Winterfest® event! Produced by a small staff, a Board of Directors, interns and volunteers who are involved all year long, Winterfest, Inc. is a 501(c)4 not for profit organization created to produce unique, cutting edge, awe inspiring events that promote the Greater Fort Lauderdale area and the various businesses that support the Seminole Hard

Winterfest Board Retreat

Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade, all while bringing the community together. Incorporated in 1988, Winterfest® coordinates with control boat captains, tow boat operators, bridge tenders, charter boat captains, ham operators, dock masters, and government agencies such as the United States Coast Guard, Fort Lauderdale Marine Patrol, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, FFort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, Florida Department Of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol and Homeland Security. Winterfest® produces this FREE annual signature event which utilizes 160 police details for land and sea, 27 ham operators, 25 control boat volunteers, and more than 300 volunteers on a single day. All this fun is captured on camera in conjunction with WSVN 7 to produce a one hour television special shown all over the world.

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2017 Winterfest Newsletter  

Detailed information regarding the Winterfest Celebration in South Florida.

2017 Winterfest Newsletter  

Detailed information regarding the Winterfest Celebration in South Florida.