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Winterfest Boat Parade 2013: Five Places to Eat and Watch the Show

With mile upon mile of inland waterways and canals, Fort Lauderdale has a unique environment for holiday season parades.

We don't do boring old floats and marching bands, we do boats -- yachts! -- and we do it big.

If you're looking to get a prime seat, for the 42nd-annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade with Grand Marshall Tracy Morgan on Saturday, we've got you covered with places to hang out and grab a bite to eat.

Yes that Tracy Morgan. The one you're thinking of.

See also: Tracy Morgan Is Co-Grand Marshal of Winterfest Boat Parade

Check out our list of five places to watch the parade.

FYI: You're probably going to want to hurry up on that reservation.

See Also: Winterfest Boat Parade 2012: Ten Best Places to Watch It

Briny Riverfront Irish Pub & Restaurant

Full of nautical knickknacks and set right on the New River, near the start of the parade, this casual pub offers a huge laid-back outdoor environment with live music, bar bites, and plenty of booze. The best seats are going for $25 a piece on the patio.

Briny Riverfront Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at 305 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-376-4742, or visit


Right on the beach side of the intracoastal, this dock and dine spot features prime views, a great seafood heavy menu with a nice selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. The covered outdoor patio is ideal for taking in the festivities.

Coconuts is located at 429 Seabreeze Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-2421, or visit

Blue Moon Fish Co.

With a massive covered dock on the intracoastal just north of Commercial Boulevard, here you'll find a large menu of high-end seafood specialties and a spectacular panorama of the passing boats.

Blue Moon Fish Co. is located at 4405 W. Tradewinds Ave. in Fort Laurderdale. Call 954-267-9888, or visit


Festively decked out for the holiday season, this waterfront spot offers friendly and efficient service, solid food, and plenty of seating options with a prime view of the passing boats.

Kaluz is located at 3300 E. Commercial Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-772-2209, or visit

Bokamper's Sports Bar and Grill

For a prime seat in a casual setting, this new waterfront sports bar is offering an easy option for those looking to take in the show. Starting at $85 per person, the spot is offering VIP seating, which includes food. Call Alecia Chaplin for reservations 954-299-7263, or email [email protected]

Bokamper's Sports Bar & Grille is located at 3115 NE 32nd Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-900-5584, or visit

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