Coral Gables

Junior Orange Bowl Parade set to celebrate Coral Gables history

People wave to the crowds while on the Homestead Championship Rodeo float during the 2014 Junior Orange Bowl Parade in Coral Gables
People wave to the crowds while on the Homestead Championship Rodeo float during the 2014 Junior Orange Bowl Parade in Coral Gables Miami Herald File

As the 67th annual Junior Orange Bowl parade makes its way through Coral Gables, it will also commemorate the 90th anniversary of the City Beautiful with floats and a flurry of festive marching bands.

The theme for this year’s parade is “Our Historic Hometown,” and event organizers hope the festival will draw attendees of all ages. Alex Markel, the Junior Orange Bowl committee’s communications director, said the parade will feature floats showing the different time periods the city has experienced.

“We’re going to have some period pieces and some classic cars from the 1920s and 1930s when the city was started,” Markel said.

The parade will also feature a performance sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and a Caribbean steel drum band along with the usual local cultural and music groups and bands and various community groups.

“Along with the local history of Coral Gables, it’s grown into a multicultural and international city,” Markel said.

This year’s parade begins at 4 p.m. Sunday and is free to the public. The route will begin at Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Alhambra Circle and travel south to Miracle Mile and then west past City Hall ending at Biltmore Way.

Attendees can also purchase VIP and grandstand seats. VIP tickets are $30 and include food and drinks during the parade, access to an executive suite and seating on the City Hall side of Biltmore Way. The grandstand seating is $10 and grants access to seating on the Merrick Park side of Biltmore Way.

For more information and to purchase tickets call 305-662-1210 or visit jrorangebowl.org

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