Winterfest catches the drift

November 21, 2013 by  

Once just a local holiday event, the Winterfest in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida has evolved into an international holiday festival, and will come round again in just a few weeks.

The event brings pride within the community, greater awareness for the region, and an economic impact through increased revenues derived from tourism. It is recognized as the seventh largest event in the nation, as well as being the largest event of its type in Florida. The statistics are calculated on number of attendees.

Comprising various events for the December festival, people from across the states and globally attend as the holiday season kicks off. One of the highlights of the festival is the Winterfest Boat Parade, which attracts more than a million people and is televised nationally. The parade has taken place for 42 years, and boat exhibitors will often display banners on their vessels. Banner printing is provided by local print companies for many such events.

Other features include the Winterfest Black Tie Ball, the Shoreline Decorating Extravaganza, Winterfest White Party, the Shoreline Decorating Extravaganza, and the Grand Marshall Reception.

The Winterfest organization is made up of a huge number of volunteers, residents, sponsors, and supporters. A Board of Directors oversees the entity while the organization is completely dependent on local and national sponsors. As the event offers free admission to the public, sponsors are recognized as the most important part of the event.

The Winterfest 2013 theme is ‘Passport to Paradise’ and it will take place December 14. The event website has complete information and applications for participants and sponsors.