Free to Attend
$35 to register for parade
Kick off the holiday cheer with a delightful preshow at 6:00 PM, featuring an array of non-motorized vessels setting the festive mood. Witness the serene beauty of kayaks, canoes, and gondolas gliding along the water, adorned with holiday lights.
The main event, the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, will cast off at 6:30 PM from the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. The staging area stretches from the historic docks west of Stranahan House to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, setting the stage for a night of spectacular maritime magic.
The parade will embark from the Stranahan House, making its way East on the New River in Fort Lauderdale, then cruising North on the Intracoastal Waterway to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. Covering a dazzling 12-mile route, the “Best Show on H2O” is a sight to behold and takes about 2.5 hours to enjoy from any single vantage point.
As the parade progresses northward, starting locations stagger, offering spectators a chance to catch the procession from various points along its journey. Plan your spot along the route for an uninterrupted view of this enchanting holiday tradition.
From private boats to grand showboats and corporate mega-yachts, participants will be decked out in hundreds of thousands of lights, with live music, entertainment, and decorations. Spot celebrities, musical groups, beauty queens, and other thrilling entries. With entry fees starting at just $35, it’s an open invitation to join the fleet of merriment.
The 52nd Annual Holiday Parade is more than just a local festivity; it’s a global attraction that brings together the community and visitors from all corners of the world. This unique parade, where the floats actually float, is a Fort Lauderdale hallmark, drawing over a million spectators and generating an economic impact of over $50 million for Broward County.
Join us for a night where the city’s waterways come alive with the spirit of the holidays, and the Fort Lauderdale sky is lit with the glow of a thousand lights. Don’t miss out on this spectacular holiday event that sets the water aglow with joy and celebration! 🌟🛥️🎆
Bringing together our community and visitors from around the world, this one-of-a-kind parade of beautifully decorated boats of all sizes is a can’t miss extravaganza. With over a million viewers along the 12 mile parade route and an economic impact to Broward County of over $50 million, the parade where the floats really float is a Fort Lauderdale institution.