On Sunday, a smorgasbord of South Florida talent will march down the streets of downtown Coral Gables along Miracle Mile and Biltmore Way by City Hall for the 66th annual Junior Orange Bowl parade.
For the second year in a row, the popular parade, traditionally held around New Year’s, has been moved to Thanksgiving weekend to allow greater participation from local schools and youth groups. This is also the second year that the parade is being held at night instead of during the day.
Thousands of people show up every year to see dance, cultural, arts, youth and musical groups perform. The event will feature several marching bands, colorful floats, community groups and zany parade units.
This year’s theme is Route 66.
“We wanted a theme that would honor the parade’s 66-year history while also reflecting the wholesome, small-town-America feel of the parade experience,” said the parade’s chairman Sam Burritt. “Plus, Jobie looks pretty cool driving that classic car.”
Jobie, the Junior Orange Bowl mascot, is seen on the parade poster driving in a classic 1957 Chevy convertible through the streets of Coral Gables.
The event, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m., is free to the public, but grandstand seats and VIP ticket packages are available starting at $10. To purchase tickets, call the Junior Orange Bowl office at 305-662-1210.
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