2017 Winterfest Boat Parade


More than 1,000,000 cheering spectators

Event Details

Winterfest Boat Parade

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Fort Lauderdale, FL


Riverside Hotel
620 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


What is the Boat Parade Event and Details for the Best Viewing parties at The Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard?

Boat Parade is a unique and amazing annual event that takes place on the New River in Fort Lauderdale every December. Ranked by The International Festival and Events Association as one of the top 20 Parades in the World! More than 1,000,000 cheering spectators line the 12-mile parade route and it is the largest, one-day, live audience event in Florida, and the seventh largest one-day spectator event in the country!

The Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard enjoys substantial event and dock space along the New River and has the best views of the beginning of the parade. The hotel hosts 3 separate parties for the public and approximately 3,000 people sell out the event every year. In addition to the various special parties which are perfect for families to individuals looking for the place to be, the hotel has ample parking available including valet. Attire ranges from business casual at the River Patio to families dressing to the theme of the parade. This year, the parade’s theme is “Comics and Cartoons Rockin’ The Night Away.”

Can I pick up my wristband before the event day?

Yes! Wristbands can be picked up in the Riverside Hotel Sales Office with a valid printed ticket Mon-Fri 10Am to 4PM December 4 – 8, 2017 . ALL SALES ARE FINAL!

When you will receive Winterfest event tickets?

Your tickets will arrive via email within 24 hours after purchase.

2017 Pricing – Winterfest Boat Parade

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Choose now from the following hotel party/ticket options:

New River Patio – Phantom of Opera: This is the VIP party and if you are looking to enjoy the hottest parade party in Fort Lauderdale, this is for you. Taking place on the beautiful Riverside Hotel’s New River Patio with perfect views along the New River, this party includes an open premium bar, terrific specialty foods, and this year added special décor and lighting. For guests who are a minimum of 21 years old.

Price: $130.00 – Capacity 250 persons

Stadium seating – The Lion King: The hotel is so popular for viewing of this parade special bleachers are brought in with direct views only a few feet away from the New River. Great for families and groups, this option provides a terrific fun opportunity at an outstanding value. Food and drinks are available from the special food trucks that sell an assortment of delicious treats.Seating opens at 4:00 pm to the Stadium seating

Price $35.00 – Capacity 499 persons

Rock the Dock & Pool Deck Party : This special party takes place on the Riverside Hotel’s popular docks and pool deck. Not only perfect views as close as you can get to the water and viewing, the hotel includes a premium open bar and access to the special food trucks within a short hop. Great for anyone and must be 21 with a ticket to enter. The theme of the Rock the Dock & Pool Deck will be JERSEY BOYS.

Price: $80.00

Price: $80.00 – Capacity 200 persons


Valet Services: The hotel provides valet parking for the first pre-purchased tickets while available

Price: $30.00

Note: Self-parking in the garage is not available on 12/9/17