Dec 19, 2006

Orlando Citrus Parade Co-Hosts Announced

Florida Citrus Sports announced that the co-hosts for the 26th Annual Orlando Citrus Parade are Jane Robelot and The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison.  They will host the nationally syndicated broadcast as it reaches 150 markets nationwide with a play-by-play of all the Parade action.  The Parade is on Saturday, December 30, 2006 in Downtown Orlando, with step-off scheduled for 11:00 a.m. 

Jane Robelot has twenty-four years of broadcasting experience.  Highlighting those two plus decades, are her five years with the CBS News Network in New York.  Currently, Robelot has been doing freelance broadcast work and in January 2007 will begin a new assignment with WYFF-TV, the local NBC affiliate in Greenville, South Carolina.  She has proudly hosted the Orlando Citrus Parade for the past several years and welcomes new co-host Chris Harrison. 

Chris Harrison is the host of ABC’s popular romance reality series The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.  This is his first year co-hosting the Orlando Citrus Parade.  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.  As well, Harrison is host of HGTV’s popular show Designer’s Challenge.  

The Orlando Citrus Parade is an annual tradition that has grown to be one of the largest sports-affiliated parades in the nation.  This event is distinguished by seven signature citrus floats parading down a two mile stretch of downtown Orlando made from over 100,000 pieces of citrus fruit.  More than 80,000 parade fans are expected to line the parade route.  Academy Award-winner Marlee Matlin will be the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade. 

Grandstand tickets for the parade are now on sale and can be purchased for $25.  To purchase grandstand seats, call the FCSports box office at 407.423.2476.  Curbside seating for the parade is free.

This year, the Orlando Citrus Parade presented by Delta Air Lines will be one of three signature FCSports events that take place in a span of 65 hours.  It is sandwiched between Orlando�s two college football bowl games – the Champs Sports Bowl (Friday, Dec. 29 at 8:00 p.m.) and the Capital One Bowl (Monday, Jan. 1, 2007 at 1:00 p.m.).  Official team bands from schools participating in the games will perform in the parade.




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