Holiday Party, Flo-Rida Style

This time of year especially, South Florida is a cause for envy in even the more diehard Northerners. While they’re up in Massachusetts, New York, or, say, North Dakota digging their cars out of snow, we’re walking around in shorts and flip-flops — hey, if it’s cold, just apply socks. When they’re freezing their little tushies off for holiday tree-lighting celebrations, we’re hanging out on freaking boats. Our summers may be the real-life equivalent of stepping into a sunny steam room every time you walk out the door, but our winters are just straight-up phenomenal. Rub it in by Instagramming the crap out of the Winterfest Boat Parade this Saturday. Starting at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Fort Lauderdale at the docks just west of the Stranahan House, the parade is cruising down 12 miles of the New River and Intracoastal on its way up to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. Thousands of lights will be strung across numerous private boats as well as the Floridian Princess (the grand marshal vessel), Galleria Mall Reindeer Barge, and the Baptist Health Santa Showboat. Expect to see musical groups, beauty queens, celebrities, and Flo Rida, who is presiding as this year’s grand marshal. In addition to waterfront restaurants and bars, several parks are open to the public, including Hugh Taylor Birch State Park (gates open at 3:30 p.m.) and a VIP viewing area at the Riverside Hotel. Check the website for bridge closures. Visit winterfestparade.com.
Sat., Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m., 2014
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Sara Ventiera