Florida Citrus Parade

The Florida Citrus Parade has grown to become one of the largest sports affiliated parades in the nation, an annual tradition that occurs each year between the Russell Athletic Bowl and the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl games. The parade is broadcast in over 75% of the TV markets in the United States as well as international locations such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the military syndicated channel AMERICA ONE.

In addition to its signature floats made of citrus fruit, the parade features spirited high school marching bands from throughout the nation, participating bowl game college marching bands, specialty units and other exciting performances. Upwards of 3,000 participants take part in this spectacular event.

Reserve seating is available via Ticketmaster.com. The grandstand and broadcast area is located on Rosalind Avenue adjacent to Lake Eola. In addition, curbside seating is available all along the streets of Downtown Orlando.

Grandstand Seating
The grandstand seating area, which appears during the syndicated parade broadcast, is located at Lake Eola Park on Rosalind Avenue (between Central Avenue and Robinson Street).   The grandstands open at 9:30 a.m. The Pre Parade Show will begin promptly at 10:00am

Grandstand seating tickets are on sale now! Call us at 407-423-2476 to get yours or click here to buy online.

Curbside Seating
Public curbside seating is free and available as early as 6:00 a.m.

Parade Length
The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. and is expected to last until approximately 1:00 p.m.

Food & Drink Vendors
Official food and beverage vendors are located at Washington Square Plaza along Rosalind Avenue at Lake Eola Park.  For a list of local downtown restaurants, visit www.cityoforlando.net.
To become a food vendor at the parade, contact Brian Crews at 407.423.2476 ext 157.

Spectator Code of Conduct
Grandstand ticket holders will not be allowed to bring backpacks, coolers or large bags.
You must vacate the grandstands if you would like to smoke.
Overnight camping is not permitted the night before the parade.
Blankets, chairs, private coolers, must remain on the curb along the parade route.
Tents, umbrellas, scaffolding, barbecues and alcohol are prohibited along the parade route.
No items may be sold along the parade route without an official parade permit.
Throwing any item onto the parade route is prohibited.
Vehicles obstructing emergency lanes will be towed.
Walking in the street once the parade has started is not permitted.
Restrooms are located behind the grandstands.

Television Information
The parade is syndicated internationally from December 31, 2015 – January 3, 2016.  Check your local listings and the link below for exact dates and times. The parade broadcast is one (1) hour in length.
If your station is interested in airing the Florida Citrus Parade, please contact The Television Syndication Company, Inc. at 407-788-6407.

Parade Entry Information

Download a Parade Entry Application Form (PDF) here and return by Tuesday, October 31, 2016.
Contact Stephanie Hanisak at 407.423.2476 to find out how your unit can be a part of this Central Florida tradition.

If you are a high school band director interested in having your marching band participate in next year’s Florida Citrus Parade or future Florida Citrus Parades, please contact our exclusive high school band provider Super Holiday Tours at 1-800-327-2116.

Parking Information
Paid parking is offered on a first-come, first-served basis at various lots and parking structures near the parade route.  All “No Parking” areas and red curb zones remain off-limits, and vehicles in violation will be subject to impound and a fine.  There is no parking allowed on the parade route.

The following parking garages/lots are recommended for parade day parking:

Lot 9 – located at 57 South Hughey Avenue, under Interstate 4.
Lot 10 – located at 81 North Hughey Avenue, near I-4 between Washington St. & Central Blvd.
Garland Parking Lot – located at 109 West Pine Street
Church Street Garage – located at 150 South Hughey Avenue
Thornton Park Central Garage – located at 10 North Summerlin Avenue. Garage entrances are located on North Eola Drive and East Washington Street.

A list of all available downtown garages is available from the City of Orlando.

Parade Route
The parade begins on Orange Avenue and Robinson Street and continues south on Orange Avenue, east on Anderson Street, then north on Rosalind Avenue. The parade concludes at Rosalind Avenue and Robinson Street. The route is 1.4 miles in length and takes 90-120 minutes to complete.

Volunteer Information
The citrus floats are constructed by 600+ volunteers who attach the oranges, tangerines and grapefruits to a wire frame before the magnificent citrus floats are driven to Downtown Orlando for the big event! The float build is an awesome volunteer opportunity for high school students, scout troops, company outings and anyone looking to fulfill community service hours.

To apply to be a Float Build volunteer, fill out the Float Build Volunteer Application (PDF) here and Florida Citrus Sports Volunteer Waiver (PDF) here and submit to Stephanie Marrone at Florida Citrus Sports via information listed on the forms.

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