Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Fort Lauderdale’s Winterfest Boat Parade has been cancelled for 2020 due to concerns of corona virus spreading. Organizers made the announcement on Tuesday.

The annual boat parade featuring some of the biggest yachts decorated for the Holiday season has become a landmark event for Fort Lauderdale. The event is hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Casino every year. The parade had been scheduled for December 12th.

“Our team, partners and community supporters were very hopeful for the traditional holiday boat parade to continue in December,” Lisa Scott-Founds, President and CEO of Winterfest, Inc., said in a statement. “This was a very difficult decision, but we are being proactive and socially responsible for the health and safety of our community. That is our top priority.”

The popular Fort Lauderdale holiday event will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021. The first one took place in December 1971.

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