Fort Lauderdale, Florida – The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, a cherished annual event, is preparing for a grand comeback in 2024 after the cancellation of the 2023 show due to severe weather. This highly anticipated event, set for December 14, marks its 53rd year of bringing joy and community spirit to Broward County. Known for its unique and captivating boat parade, Winterfest has become a significant attraction, drawing attendees from around the world and fostering a strong sense of community.
Winterfest has grown in popularity and significance since its inception, leading community leaders in 1988 to form a nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating the parade and associated events into a grand community celebration. The event’s impact on the local economy is substantial, with an estimated contribution of over $50 million per year to Broward County. This economic boost is a testament to the parade’s importance and the benefits it brings to the area.
In preparation for the 2024 parade, the first board meeting of the year is scheduled for Monday, January 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale. The Winterfest board of directors and advisors, comprising community leaders, serves as ambassadors for this signature South Florida event. Their role is pivotal in ensuring the parade’s success and maintaining its status as a premier event.
Lisa Scott-Founds, the president and CEO of Winterfest, expressed enthusiasm about the upcoming celebration. “The 2023-2024 Winterfest Board is excited to begin a new era as we celebrate our 52nd Anniversary,” she said. The commitment to making each year’s event bigger and better is evident in her statement. The board’s dedication to delivering the “Best Show on H2O” reflects their determination to provide an unforgettable experience for the community and visitors alike.
As Winterfest gears up for its return, the excitement and anticipation build for what promises to be an extraordinary showcase of community spirit and festive celebration on the water.