The Junior Orange Bowl is set to celebrate the 65th Parade through downtown Coral Gables on Sunday, December 1, at 6pm, which will commemorate this year’s theme “Illumination Spectacular”. The Junior Orange Bowl Parade is going back to its roots as a nighttime community event and this year’s anniversary celebration promises to be unforgettable. “With this event, parade participants will have the opportunity to showcase their talents under the lights through beautiful downtown Coral Gables!” says Parade Chair Kathleen Kauffman.
The parade will feature a line up of more than 60 bands, floats, cheer groups, youth groups, cars and even airplanes! The march this year will be lead by original members of the Tuskegee Airmen, who will serve as the 65th Parade Grand Marshals. The parade will be broadcast live for Coral Gables residents on Coral Gables TV and will be replayed on WLRN.
This year’s parade will feature a pre and post parade show for grandstand ticket holders. Hip Hop Kidz and Miami Children’s Chorus will kick off the festivities in front of Coral Gables City Hall with the pre-parade show and Focal Point Dance Group will perform for the post parade show to mark the end of the evening.
There is much excitement over the change of the parade date to Thanksgiving weekend, as it will offer a consistent date for families to look forward to each year. This year’s Parade date will be Sunday, December 1, the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. “We hope that the new Parade date will allow us to fill this year’s parade with many new and exciting floats, cultural marching units and spectacular visual performers.” says Kauffman. “The new date offers the Coral Gables community a fun-filled and family oriented event during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend”.
The route of the parade will remain the same as units will begin the march at Alhambra Circle and Ponce de Leon Blvd and finish in front of the grandstand ticket holders and Coral Gables City Hall on Biltmore Way.
The parade is free to the public, however grandstand seats and VIP ticket packages are on sale, starting as low as $10. To purchase your tickets please call the Junior Orange Bowl office at 305-662-1210.
The annual Parade is the flagship event of the Junior Orange Bowl Festival Season, which consists of nearly 20 athletic, academic, and cultural youth events that are all held in South Florida. For more information, or to volunteer for the Junior Orange Bowl, visit www.jrorangebowl.org or call 305-662-1210.
The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is possible with the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami Children’s Hospital, The Orange Bowl Committee, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor, and Board of County Commissioners. The Junior Orange Bowl Committee, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the community of South Florida and the Youth of the world by providing opportunities for wholesome, competitive and multi-cultural experiences. For more information on the Junior Orange Bowl Committee, please call 305-662-1210 or visit our website at www.jrorangebowl.org.