Flo announces Winterfest successor, donates outfit

Flo Rida at Hard Rock
Flo Rida at Hard Rock Ralph Notaro

Nick Cannon’s the man.

The America’s Got Talent host was announced as the 2015 Grand Marshal of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade on Monday at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Last year’s GM, Flo Rida, passed the baton, which Cannon accepted via video message. “There’s a new Rida in town,” he said, laughing.

Cannon’s in illustrious company. Past marshals over the 44-year-old Broward tradition have included Joan Rivers (1991), Donald Trump (2001) and Kim Kardashian (2009).

During the ceremony, Flo donated a snazzy concert outfit to the Hard Rock — leopard jacket, pants and sunglasses.

“I’m in awe right now,” said the Welcome to My House singer. “I’ve been in so many Hard Rocks around the world and I’ve seen portraits and costumes of so many music icons. Today, mine hang among the many entertainers that inspired me. ... Follow your dreams, put God first and never give up.”

As for the Dec. 12 parade, Mariah Carey’s ex will lead the festivities along the New River in Fort Lauderdale starting at 6:30 p.m. All seats are reserved and assigned, located inside Birch State Park. The theme is “Fairytales Afloat.” Entry fees from $35. Info:


“Touch wood; we’re still going strong,” says Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson. The multi-platinum band hits Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at 8 p.m. Thursday. The 65-year-old rocker is pleased that the guys still enjoy the ride and gives props to the loyal fans.

“We have a really strong following,” he says by phone. “We see a lot of the same people over and over again. It’s like a family.”

On the Illinois band founded in 1973 being nominated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “It’s nice,” Petersson allows. “We started out as kids and have kept working together. It’s not like I left a lucrative dental career to do this. Music is all we know.”


Get pumped for Halloween a little early. On Wednesday, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. locals will be able to partake in a disturbing (in a fun way, we think) experience at Bayfront Park. To promote fearmeister Jason Blum’s latest — and last — Paranormal Activity movie, The Ghost Dimension, a so-called fear lab is being set up outside the park. Inside the mobile unit, you’ll be able to catch exclusive footage of the horror flick in 3D while your vital signs are being measured. Organizers on site with take pictures of your look of terror, if that sounds appealing. Oh, it’s free. First come, first, um, scared.