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Winterfest Boat Parade bridge openings and closings

On December 10, 2011, traffic will be diverted from a number of bridges both north/south and east/west. Bridges affected by the Parade along the New River and the Intracoastal Waterway are listed below.

Suggested Alternative Routes:

• North/South travel: Use Federal Highway and I-95

• East/West travel: Use Broward Boulevard, 17th Street Causeway and Davie Boulevard around Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Just before the Parade gets underway, Santa checks the route from a helicopter fly-by from the United States Coast Guard along the New River and the Intracoastal to see who is naughty and who is nice. Fireworks will herald the beginning of the Parade.

Boat Traffic:

Areas near the New River on the Intracoastal will be closed to boat traffic at 4:30 p.m. until the end of the Parade.

Areas to the north (Oakland Park Blvd. and north) close at 5:20 p.m. until after the Parade.

The New River will be closed to boat traffic at 2:30 p.m. from Channel Marker 9 to the South Fork near Davie Boulevard and along the North Fork west of SW 11th Avenue.

"No anchor zones" will extend throughout the New River from no anchor zone Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.

Our host hotel is the Riverside Hotel, which will accommodate the live broadcast and filming of our annual television special and judges.

Plan on anchoring your boat north of the triangle to view the Parade. Please see for further details and a Google Earth virtual map of the Parade.

BRIDGE CLOSINGS FOR ROAD TRAFFIC (Bridge times are approximate)

7th Avenue Bridge: 6:20 pm to 8:00 pm

Feci Railroad Bridge: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Andrews Avenue: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

3rd Avenue Bridge: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Television Filming / VIP Area Riverside Hotel: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Las Olas Boulevard: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sunrise Boulevard: 7:20 pm to 9:30 pm

Viewing from the Grandstand Area (just north of Sunrise Boulevard)

Oakland Park Boulevard: 7:40 pm to 10:00 pm

Commercial Boulevard: .8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

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