The Orlando Citrus Parade serves as the kick-off celebration for the Capital One Bowl Game and is one of only two bowl parades that are televised nationally. More than 80,000 spectators line the parade route through downtown Orlando to see citrus floats, clowns and high school marching bands from around the nation.
The parade's unique citrus floats are covered with oranges, tangerines and grapefruit. Floats are constructed using rubber bands to avoid harming the fruit, and the fruit is donated to a local food bank after the parade.
The marching bands and mascots representing the teams playing in the Capital One Bowl also participate in the parade. The 2008-2009 Capital One Bowl Game matched Georgia and Michigan State.
Florida's mild winter weather, combined with Orlando's many attractions, makes the Orlando Citrus Parade a memorable holiday experience for all. The parade is broadcast on more than 100 television stations nationwide. Check local listings for broadcast dates and times.
As of October 14, 2009
Aguiluchos Marching Band, Mexico City, Mexico
Acton Boxborough HS Band, Acton, Massachusetts
Bixby HS Band, Bixby, Oklahoma
Cairo HS Band, Cairo, Georgia
Findlay HS Band, Findlay, Ohio
Gates Chili HS Band, Rochester, New York
Lakeville North HS Band, Lakeville, Minnesota
Mountain Home HS Band, Mountain Home, Arkansas
Olathe South HS Band, Olathe, Kansas
Pickerington North HS Band, Pickerington, Ohio
Union HS, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Waukee HS Band, Waukee, Iowa
Plus the bands from the two universities playing in the Capital One Bowl
The Orlando Citrus Parade is always held the last week of December, in conjunction with the Capital One Bowl college football game. The parade date may vary slightly each year but is usually December 29 or 30.
Email: Super Holiday Tours
Super Holiday Tours, 116 Gatlin Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806
If you're interested in entering your marching band in the Orlando Citrus Parade, please request an application from the event's official travel partner: Super Holiday Tours, Phone 1-800-327-2116
or check out their website at SuperHoliday.com