Winterfest Boat Parade

512 NE 3rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


Winterfest has one special mission – To produce wholesome, unique, internationally recognized events that enhance Fort Lauderdale’s image and reflect the diversity and culture of South Florida.

Winterfest, best known for its one-of-a-kind Boat Parade, brings together our community and visitors from around the world. In 1988, community leaders decided to build upon the popularity of the Boat Parade and create a non-profit organization that would make the Parade and all of its surrounding events into a world-class community extravaganza. Broward County also benefits, thanks to Winterfest’s economic impact on the community of more than $50 million per year.

Winterfest encourages and promotes diversity among all Fort Lauderdale cultures, races and religions. Winterfest has a huge base of 300+ volunteers, supporters, and sponsors led by its Board of Directors. Since most Winterfest events are free to the public, sponsorships from local and national corporations and organizations provide the “fuel” to help run all Winterfest festivities. Our sponsors ensure the continued success and future growth of the Winterfest Celebration.

The International Festival and Events Association has named Winterfest to its top 20 Parades in the World. With more than 50,000 parades in the United States alone, this is a huge international honor that places Winterfest in the prestigious company of the Macy’s, Mardi Gras, Rose Bowl and Disney Parades.

Some more great statistics about the Winterfest Parade:

    More than 1,000,000 cheering spectators line the 12-mile parade route
    The largest, one-day, live audience event in Florida!
    The seventh largest one-day spectator event in the country!
    Winterfest was selected by Readers Digest for its list of “100 Best Events in America”.

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