Orlando Citrus Parade

The Orlando Citrus Parade was an annual Central Florida tradition from 1980-2018. Held on the streets of Downtown Orlando before New Year’s Day, the event featured marching bands from high schools across the country as well as the participating Big Ten and SEC universities in the Citrus Bowl, making the event one of the largest sports-affiliated parades in the nation.

Known for its signature citrus floats — decorated with oranges, grapefruits and tangerines in the style of the Lemon Festival in Menton, France or the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California — the parade also featured local and national celebrities, theme park characters from Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando and more. Featured guests included Arnold Palmer, Grant Hill, Justin Gatlin, Lou Holtz, Lisa Leslie, Shawn Johnson, Joey Fatone, Florence Henderson and many others.

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