The best part about things slowly returning to normal is being able to enjoy our favorite holiday traditions just like we used to, and that includes watching Seminole’s famous Winterfest Boat Parade! This classic of the holidays in South Florida was forced to go virtual due to the pandemic, but it’s now returning in full force to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Named the “Best Show on H2O” several years in a row, the boat parade features a one-of-a-kind array of beautifully decorated boats of all sizes and it’s a total can’t miss extravaganza. With over a million viewers along the 12-mile parade route, the parade where the floats really float is a Fort Lauderdale institution and a classic of the holiday season in South Florida.
This year, the boat parade will be taking over Fort Lauderdale’s waterways on Saturday, December 11, with Emmy-award-winning TV host Mario Lopez acting as Grand Marshall and host for the 50th-anniversary edition of the event.
For this year’s anniversary celebrations, the Winterfest Boat Parade will also feature special events and activations all throughout the day including a Black Tie ball and holiday-decorated viewing areas that will make you feel all merry and bright.
The parade will kick off around 6:30 p.m. and will last around two and a half hours as it makes its way East along the New River in Fort Lauderdale. For those wishing to book their spot in the parade viewing area tickets are available online and are $25 per adult and $15 for children 10 or younger.