One of our favorite holiday traditions is upon us: the Seminole Hard Rock’s famous Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale! This South Florida holiday classic is returning in full force to celebrate its 51st anniversary and the spirit of the season.
Dubbed 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 — from yachts to paddleboards — and it’s a total can’t-miss extravaganza. With over a million spectators along the 12-mile parade route, the parade where the floats really float is a Fort Lauderdale institution.
This year, the boat parade will be taking over Fort Lauderdale’s waterways on Saturday, December 10, with grand marshals singer Taylor Dayne and former NSYNC members Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick.
For this year’s celebrations, the Winterfest Boat Parade will also feature special events and activations all throughout the day including food and drink vendors, family activities and live performances by iHeart Radio personalities that will make you feel all merry and bright.
The parade will kick off at 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 to the Intracoastal Waterway.
For those wishing to book their spot in the viewing area, tickets are available on the Winterfest Boat Parade website. If you can’t make it to the parade live, you can watch it on TV or on Facebook.