Nov 28, 2007

Florida Citrus Sports Names Co-Hosts for Orlando Citrus Parade

Florida Citrus Sports Executive Director Steve Hogan has announced that the co-hosts for the Spherion Orlando Citrus Parade presented by Delta Air Lines are Chris Harrison and Jane Robelot.  They will co-host the nationally-syndicated broadcast which reaches 150 markets nationwide with a play-by-play of all the parade action.  The parade is on Saturday, December 29, 2007 in Downtown Orlando, with step-off scheduled for 11:00 a.m.

Chris Harrison, in his second year of co-hosting, hosts ABC�s popular romance reality series� The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. The Bachelor begins its 11th season in late September on ABC.  Harrison is currently a red carpet correspondent for the TV Guide network�s coverage of the Emmy�s, Oscars and Golden Globes Award programs and is host of HGTV�s popular show Designer�s Challenge. In addition, He has hosted the 2004 Miss America Pageant for ABC and co-hosted E! Entertainment network�s red carpet coverage of both the Golden Globe Awards and the Oscars.

Jane Robelot, who will return for her fifth consecutive year as a parade co-host, currently serves as a contributing reporter of special projects on WYFF News 4 in Greenville, S.C. Prior to her current position, Robelot worked for CBS as the anchor of CBS Morning News and as the co-anchor of CBS This Morning. During her time with CBS, she interviewed a plethora of influential people–like President Bill Clinton, Billy Graham, Newt Gingrich, Martha Stewart and Bill Cosby. Robelot’s work at CBS earned her two Emmy Awards for journalistic excellence.

Throughout the past 28 years, the Spherion Orlando Citrus Parade presented by Delta Air Lines has grown from a local event to an annual extravaganza, drawing crowds up to 85,000 and television viewers in millions via internationally-syndicated broadcast.  Distinguished by floats made from over 100,000 pieces of citrus, the parade is recognized as one of the nation�s largest sports-affiliated parades, making it a unique experience for family and a beacon of community spirit.  This year’s parade takes place on Saturday, December 29, 2007, with the theme of “Living the Good Life.”  Grandstands are located at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando.  This location will also be the site of the parade�s television broadcast.

The parade will be one of three FCSports signature events taking place over a span of five days.  Just 18 hours before step-off of the parade, the Champs Sports Bowl kicks off at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium (Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.).  Three days later, the Capital One Bowl rings in the new year (Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 at 1:00 p.m.).  Official team bands from schools participating in both games will perform in the parade.

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