CORAL GABLES (CBS4)- The 63rd annual Junior Orange Bowl Parade will hit the streets of downtown Coral Gables on Monday, and the festivities will include colorful floats, marching bands and a lot of family fun.
Hundreds of children and young people will take to the streets of Downtown Coral Gables. Attendees will see many colorful floats and will be in the company of Jobie, the Junior Orange Bowl mascot. Jobie will welcome the Cat in the Hat to the parade as well as the 240-member Clemson University Tiger Band, the Junior Orange Bowl queen and princesses, and some of the audience’s favorites, including Lil’ John Fire Wheelie Truck and the Mahi Shriners and Miami Children’s Hospital.
“The Junior Orange Bowl Parade is truly a festive and unforgettable experience for all involved, and I am very proud of the special relationships that are formed between our South Florida community and the parade participants every year. The parade is a great opportunity for organizations to highlight their youth services and proudly display the results of their hard work in front thousands of people,” Kathleen Kauffman, parade chair, said to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.
“The parade is the perfect celebration for one last family gathering during the holidays before school starts again,” she added.
The parade begins at 3 p.m. by heading south on Ponce de Leon Boulevard starting at Alhambra Circle. It will continue west on Miracle Mile and finishes in front of a grandstand seating area on Biltmore Way, right in front of Coral Gables City Hall. Commuters should expect road closures in the area.
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While the parade is free to the public, grandstand tickets are on sale for those who want premium seats. Ticket-holders also have the added benefit of being treated to a pre-parade show featuring music and dance by Miami Children’s Theater. Grandstand tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-999-9735.
You can also watch the parade live on Coral Gables Television, Channel 77 if you’re a Comcast subscriber or via live streaming at www.coralgables.com.
For more information call 305-662-1210 or visit www.jrorangebowl.org.
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