2018 is shaping up to be our BIGGEST parade yet!
The Orlando Citrus Parade, an annual tradition started in 1980, has grown to become one of the largest sports affiliated parades in the nation. Currently planned and produced by Florida Citrus Sports and Parades R Us, the event occurs each year between the Camping World Bowl and the Citrus Bowl games during the last week in December.
2018 Orlando Citrus Parade
The parade includes marching bands from high schools across the country as well as the Big Ten and SEC teams that will be part of the 2019 Citrus Bowl game. Guest appearances include local and national celebrities, theme park characters from Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando and more. The main features are the citrus-themed floats. These floats are decorated with citrus fruits in a similar style to the Lemon Festival in Menton, France. They also follow the tradition of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. However, instead of decorating the floats with petals, they are decorated with oranges, grapefruits and tangerines.
Give Kids The World is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort that offers weeklong, cost-free vacations to critically ill children and their families. The Village provides families accommodations in fully-furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, daily entertainment and much more. Since 1986, more than 165,000 children and families have had their dreams fulfilled at a whimsical Village unlike any other place on earth.
Florida Citrus Sports is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to increasing community spirit and pride, promoting tourism, stimulating economic development and ultimately benefiting charities, educational institutions and the quality of life in Central Florida through its signature events.
Since our first bowl game in 1947, it is estimated that Florida Citrus Sports has helped thousands of at risk youth in Central Florida through the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation MVPs programs.
Our vision is to become the bowl industry leader in generating economic and exposure impact, providing the best customer experience and to establish Orlando as the nation’s premier neutral site/venue for sports events.