Magill named grand marshal for Jr. Orange Bowl Parade

Zoo Miami’s “Goodwill Ambassador” Ron Magill will serve as grand marshal for this year’s Junior Orange Bowl Parade.

The Junior Orange Bowl has announced that local celebrity Ron Magill will be the grand marshal of the 64th Junior Orange Bowl Parade on Dec. 30. Magill serves as the “Goodwill Ambassador” for Zoo Miami and has been involved with wildlife and the South Florida Community for over 30 years.

Magill has made frequent television appearances as a wildlife expert on programs such as National Geographic Explorer, the Discovery Networks, the Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS’ This Morning, Dateline and CNN. Magill also has made many appearances on Spanish language programs including Sabado Gigante and Despierta America.

“Ron Magill is the perfect fit to be grand marshal of the Junior Orange Bowl Parade” said parade chair Kathleen Slesnick. “Magill has always been a great member of the South Florida community and his international experience represents the identity of the Junior Orange Bowl Festival and the children who participate.”

Magill has extensive international experience, traveling throughout Africa, India, and Central and South America developing and directing conservation projects and Emmy Award-winning documentaries focusing on the wildlife of those regions.

The 64th Junior Orange Bowl Parade theme is “Sailing to New Adventures” which commemorates the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s discovery of Florida. This year’s parade will be on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 4 p.m., along Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables. To reserve grandstand tickets call the Junior Orange Bowl Office at 305-662-1210.

For more information on the Junior Orange Bowl, call 305-662-1210 or visit the website at

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