Jan 28, 2015

A Year To Remember for Florida Citrus Sports

The 2014-15 bowl season was the culmination of one of the most important and challenging years in the history of Florida Citrus Sports. Together as a staff and a team of community leaders and volunteers, we were tasked with operating our events – including three signature football games – in the midst of a near-complete reconstruction of the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. The first year of the new College Football Playoff era presented new and unique changes across all of […]

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Dec 23, 2013

US Open Champion Justin Rose, Ron Dayne and George Rogers All Join Florida Citrus Parade Lineup

One week from today, a Central Florida tradition returns to Downtown Orlando when the Florida Citrus Parade winds down Orange Avenue and back up Rosalind Avenue on its way to Lake Eola Park. This year, a pair of Heisman winners join an Orlando resident and reigning champion golfer as the headline talent. The parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. next Monday, December 30. Justin Rose will serve as the grand marshal for this year’s parade. The Orlando resident is a […]

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Apr 15, 2013

Vonn Howard Named 2013 Volunteer Of The Year

Vonn Howard of Mercury Marine was named the 2013 Volunteer of the Year for his tremendous service with collegiate and high school bands across a number of Florida Citrus Sport events. The award was presented at the 2013 Member Celebration presented by BMO Harris Bank and Florida Hospital. A member since 2008, Howard serves on the Pageantry & Presentation Committee as a team-band liaison for both the Russell Athletic Bowl and Capital One Bowl, attending every band practice once the […]

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Nov 26, 2012

Olympic Gold Medalist, “Bachelorette” Stars Join Orlando Citrus Parade Lineup

Track star and Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin will serve as grand marshal for the 2012 Orlando Citrus Parade, while Trista and Ryan Sutter — stars of the first season of “The Bachelorette” and the show’s biggest success story — will host the syndicated national broadcast.  The 32nd Orlando Citrus Parade steps off in Downtown Orlando at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29. Gatlin is a five-time Olympic medalist for the United States, most recently taking bronze in the 100-meters […]

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Nov 04, 2011

Florida Citrus Sports Announces Partnership with Fresh From Florida

Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan announced today that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, through its Fresh From Florida marketing campaign, will partner with Florida Citrus Sports on the event formerly known as the Orlando Citrus Parade. The event’s new name will be the Fresh From Florida Parade. An annual holiday classic, this year’s Fresh From Florida Parade will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2011 in Downtown Orlando, with step-off scheduled for 11:00 a.m. “The Fresh […]

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Dec 16, 2010

Daunte Culpepper And American Idol’s “Big Mike” Join Orlando Citrus Parade

A pair of Knights will join the thousands of fans attending the Orlando Citrus Parade on December 30.  UCF and NFL star Daunte Culpepper will return to Orlando to serve as Grand Marshal of the 30th Anniversary of the parade while another UCF football alumnus, former American Idol finalist Michael Lynche, will be a part of the event’s nationally-syndicated television broadcast as the on-street commentator. Culpepper, who recently completed his first season in the United Football League as quarterback of the […]

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Nov 16, 2010

Orlando Citrus Parade Drawing Contest Winners Announced

Ten-year-old Emily Martinez from Bear Lake Elementary in Altamonte Springs was awarded the top prize in the Orlando Citrus Parade Drawing Contest and will ride in the Dec. 30 parade as Honorary Grand Marshal. Her drawing will also be used on the cover of the parade’s program. Shenandoah Elementary school student Sydney Chamberlain, 9 years old, received second place and Jacqueline Kao, 8 years old, from Metrowest Elementary was third runner-up. Children were asked to draw their best portrayal of […]

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Aug 18, 2010

Giuliana And Bill Rancic To Host Orlando Citrus Parade

Reality TV power couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic will host the nationally-syndicated broadcast of the Orlando Citrus Parade this winter.  The 30th Anniversary edition of the parade steps off in Downtown Orlando at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30. Giuliana is the popular co-anchor of E! News alongside Ryan Seacrest and is the co-star of E!’s popular Fashion Police team alongside Joan Rivers.  She’s been on the red carpet for every key event in the entertainment industry (Oscars, Grammy Awards, […]

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Jan 10, 2010

CVB Float Wins 2009 Elmer Cook Award; Spherion Float Wins Online Fan Vote

Two citrus floats from the 2009 Spherion Orlando Citrus Parade were honored by judges and fans following the event.   The float from the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau float, featuring a citrus rendition of a jet airliner, was given the 2009 Elmer Cook award as the best in show by a panel of media and local VIPs.    The judging panel included:   Christy Ashby, Editor for Orange Appeal Magazine Kathryn Saccone, Fashion Show Director for IADT Orlando […]

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Dec 30, 2009

Ashley Memory Wins Citrus Sweets Dessert Challenge

The winner of the inaugural Citrus Sweets Dessert Challenge came all the way from Pittsboro, N.C., with her recipe: Crepes Suzette with Tangerines & Honey. Memory traveled down from North Carolina for the judging, which was held immediately prior to step-off of the Spherion Orlando Citrus Parade.  The winning recipe was chosen from a group of five finalists by a judging panel that included Heather McPherson, Restaurant and Food Critic for Orlando Sentinel, Hollis Wilder, owner of the bakery Sweet!, Pam […]

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