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Winterfest Boat Parade 2022

by | Dec 2, 2022 | Entertainment, Events, Fort Lauderdale, News, Patrick Zarrelli, South Florida, Technology, TV

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Presents Winterfest Boat Parade 2022

The time has finally come! Christmas time has finally arrived. Those of you that live in the South Florida area know what that means! “The Best Show on H2O” is right around the corner to help everyone kick off the holiday season in South Florida! This boat parade is one of the best shows on water to ever grace the planet. It is the seventh largest spectator event in the country. It is also one of the top twenty best parades in the world! That is an honor! Each year, this parade is televised so it can reach everyone that is not fortunate enough to be there in person. The 51st annual Winterfest Boat Parade is scheduled to take place on December 10, 2022. It is being hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. This year’s theme of the boat parade is “Neon Nightlife Under the Sea.” If you have never been to this parade, then you do not know what you are missing out on! People from all over the world put their vessels of all types into this parade for all of us to see and appreciate. Over a million people will witness this spectacular event and help bring in over fifty million dollars in revenue to Broward County alone. This is the event of the season and is a show that no one should miss out on.

Parade Viewing Area and Start Time

You can see all of the different types of water vessels at the Baptist Health sponsored parade viewing area located at the Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park. The address is 300 Las Olas Circle, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316. Gates to the viewing area will open at 4:00 p.m. with many activities for everyone to enjoy while waiting for the parade to start. There is a preshow that starts at 6:00 p.m. which will show non-motorized vessels. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Stranahan House traveling east along The New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale. It will continue on to the Intracoastal Waterway and then go north to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. The entire parade route is about twelve miles long. It will take approximately two and a half hours for the entire boat parade to make its way from the beginning to the end. If you cannot make it to the Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park, there are many other options available for you to enjoy this year’s parade. You can set up along the bridges along the parade route, at The Riverside Hotel, the Downtowner Saloon as well as many other places along the way. If all else fails and you are unable to make it to this boat parade in person, then you can watch it on WSVN on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 9:00 p.m. This parade will also be linked up on Facebook for everyone to enjoy as well.

Parking For the Parade

If you are driving yourself, your friends, and your family to this year’s Winterfest Boat Parade, then you will want to get to the area early so you can find a good place to park your vehicle. If you are going to be watching the boat parade from Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park, then you will find the parking garage right next door to it. The Las Olas Parking Garage is located at 200 Las Olas Circle, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316. This parade will go on whether the sun is shining, or it is raining alligators and crocodiles. Parking will be on a first come first serve basis so get there early. The pre-show of non-motorized vessels starts at 6:00 p.m. so you may want to get there for 3:00 p.m. The gates will open to the park at 4:00 p.m. so you will have plenty of time to walk around and enjoy all of the amenities the area has to offer. There are many shops and restaurants in the area that will be waiting for you and your family.

Types of Water Vessels You Will See

There will be non-motorized vessels as well as motorized vessels in this year’s boat parade. People can enter the parade showcasing their canoes, sailboats, row boats, inflatables and even kayaks to show everyone their Christmas spirit. The motorized vessels are much bigger and are able to accommodate more lights and louder sounds. Private boats, giant showboats, corporate mega yachts, charter boats, commercial boats, government boats, non-profit boats, river boats, water taxis, diving boats, party boats, and barges will be in the parade showing their neon Kris Kringle spirit. Everyone knows the assignment, and no one will fail. There will be themes on each vessel that the owners and guests want the world to see. Even though the theme of this year’s entire parade is “Neon Nightlife Under the Sea,” that does not mean that you will not see Santa Claus, The Grinch, Charlie Brown and his crew, Nemo and probably some alligators or crocodiles since it is Florida after all!

Entertainment Bonuses at the Viewing Area

The Shane Duncan Band

While you are patiently waiting to witness the Christmas miracles in this year’s Winterfest boat parade, you, your friends, and your family will be able to enjoy live music and entertainment in the Stella Artois Culinary Courtyard. Live performances this year will be provided by the Shane Duncan Band and Southern Blood. There will also be radio personality Drew from Y-100 and Amelia from BIG1059 broadcasting for iHeart Radio. Tickets for this year’s Winterfest boat parade can be purchased here. Adult tickets are priced at $25. Tickets for children aged ten years old and younger are priced at only $20. Pets will not be allowed, unfortunately, at this event unless they are service animals for those with a disability. Inside the Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park parade viewing area, bottles, coolers, and personal chairs are not allowed inside. There will be places for everyone to sit since chairs will be provided for those that need to sit down during the boat parade. After all, the parade will take roughly two and a half hours from beginning to the end. No one wants to miss out on any part of this year’s spectacular show on the water due to being uncomfortable because there is nowhere to sit and relax for a little bit.

V.I.P. Viewing Area

The Stranahan House

On December 10, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Holy Cross Health at Nova Southeastern University will host the most prestigious viewing area of the year to watch the Winterfest Boat Parade. This is an invitation only party for community leaders, dignitaries, and sponsors of Winterfest to enjoy the parade which is located next to Stranahan House at Tunnel Top Park. This is where the parade will be starting this year. Perks of the party are a fantastic buffet plus cocktails from some of the finest local restaurants as well as Riverside Hotel. The boat parade judges will be watching the parade from this location, so they have the best view to see everyone’s Christmas spirit on their vessels.

The Grand Marshals of the Winterfest Boat Parade 2022

This year’s Grand Marshal Experience is presented by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The University of Miami will be hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for the Grand Marshal Reception on Friday, December 9, 2022. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. and is by invitation only. The reception will be held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino located at 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Florida 33314.

This year’s Winterfest Boat Parade will have three Grand Marshals! The infamous Taylor Dayne will be there to co-host along with two members of the boy band NSYNC. They are none other than Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick. At the reception, Mayor Dean Trantalis will give each of the Grand Marshals a key to the city and Riverwalk, Inc. where a brick with each of their names will also be presented to them for a placement in the Riverwalk Celebrity Walk of Fame on the bank of the viewing area for the parade.

SFL Media and Motor Yacht Miss Direction

SFL Media will be hosting there annual Christmas celebration on motor yacht Miss Direction again this year. Patrick Zarrelli and his amazing team at SFL Media are no strangers to the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. Mr. Zarrelli has been in the parade six times now with SFL Media.

The motor yacht is 32.92 meters long and was built by Westship. The beam on this motor yacht is 7.31 meters, and the draft is 1.52 meters. The volume of this yacht is 189 GT. Last year, the crew of SFL Media made sure the motor yacht was decorated with The Grinch and had live performers belting out their hit songs for everyone to enjoy. You will not want to miss out on what the crew at SFL Media do this year for decorations. Patrick Zarrelli and his staff at SFL Media are winners of multiple awards over the years for Best in Sound and Best in Lights.  He has also won awards for Best Newcomer, and the year before last, he entered the boat parade, and he won the entire Winterfest boat parade! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he may win big again this year.  There may be some competition though since there will be vessels of all shapes and sizes. Plus, everyone is just as excited to be in the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade of 2022.

Information About SFL Media

SFL Media is a tech media company in Fort Lauderdale that can assist any business or celebrity with their online presence plus so much more. Patrick Zarrelli’s staff of professionals are able to develop websites for clients from the beginning. They will sit, listen closely, and integrate your ideas in with their own to make your website the best that it can be. The tech team is also capable of hosting and managing your websites for you so you can focus on your business, sales, and revenue. Weekly updates will be provided to you, so you are fully informed of every decision that is being made on behalf of you as well as your business. SFL Media also provides security for your websites. Firewalls will be put in place so no one can hack your website and damage your name along with your business and reputation. We all know social media plays a huge role in everyone’s lives today. SFL Media can post on your behalf to keep your social media sites active and up to date. After all, you want your business to succeed and make a lot of profit. With an active social media site, more customers will see your business and spend more of their money with your business.

Fort Lauderdale Website Developers

Blogs are also an important role in assisting a new or established business with sales. SFL Media teams are available to you and your business on a weekly basis, or more often if you would like, to post blogs of varying lengths to your business website. You can either provide a list of topics to the team that you want posted, or generic, but appropriate for your business, topics will be used by the writing staff at SFL Media. They are professionals that will put your company first and make sure that you succeed.

Patrick Zarrelli takes pride in the work he does, and he makes sure those same values are found in his employees.  The teams work together as a family to make sure that yours is taken care of.  They will make sure they do right by you and your business.  After all, when you and your business succeed, so does the staff at SFL Media. Remember the name, Patrick Zarrelli and SFL Media. He will not let you down and neither will his amazing staff of writers.

Questions or Concerns for Winterfest Staff

If there are any questions or concerns that you may need addressed, please contact the Winterfest staff at (954) 241-7938. Corporate Headquarters can also be reached by mail at 512 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. Their phone number is (954) 767-0686 and their fax number is (954) 767-0665.

Winterfest Boat Parade 2021

Just in case you may have missed out on last year’s boat parade, watch the video below to see how it all went down. Maybe after watching the video, you will make the decision to go and witness the “Best Show on H2O.” This event will not let you down. It is literally fun for everyone from infants to teenagers and from young adults to older adults that are still kids at heart. After all, who does not love Christmas, bright lights, and being surrounded by friends and family?

From my family, and the family here at SFL Media, to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happier New Year!

About The Author

Julie Nocito

Julie is a freelance writer from upstate New York who currently lives in central Florida. Julie has been writing freelance works since she was in 11th grade and still enjoys doing it. Julie is able to write anything for you whether it be blogs, web content, business reviews and more. She will do her research in order to give thorough and honest information.

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