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As the Grand Marshal rapper Flo Rida led the 43rd Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale on the New River. Known as ‘the greatest show on H2O it is the most watched boat parade. Starting at the downtown riverfront and going for 12 miles decorated boat after boat--this year the theme being TV shows--each boat tries to outdo each other for all the grand prizes.

There was a disruption by demonstrators trying to shut the boat parade down without much success and instead of getting people on their side many expressed the feeling that they were hurting the people they wanted to enlist for their cause by antagonizing people who just wanted to enjoy a Saturday night on the river relaxing away from the woes of their every day life.

The boat parade went on without a hitch lighting up the sky. I went to the boat parade in 1981 watching it from a condo a friend of mine had but now it has become so big just getting down there is a hassle. If you are visiting Fort Lauderdale it is a must see and you can get general or reserved seats for $20 to $50 plus many restaurants along the route will reserve seats for you--at a price.

If you live in Fort Lauderdale and don’t mind being a week behind you can see the parade on television plus boat parades in other cities surrounding Fort Lauderdale.

Many clips available on YouTube.

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