Junior Orange Bowl Parade 2012
Known as the signature event of the Junior Orange Bowl International Youth Festival, the parade features floats, horses, marching bands, live music, and other moving vehicles (think Mahi Shriners). Hundreds of children and families attend the celebration of active youth and community every year.
The parade begins at 4:00 pm on the corner of Alhambra Circle and Ponce de Leon Boulevard. It will head south to Miracle Mile where it will turn west and make its way toward the grandstand on Biltmore Way in front of Coral Gables City Hall.
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This year’s theme, “Sailing to New Adventures”, commemorates the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida.
Zoo Miami’s goodwill ambassador, Ron Magill, is the grand marshal of the parade.
Although there’s no official word at this time, commuters and Coral Gables residents should expect road closures and traffic delays in the area. Expect Alhambra Circle, Alhambra Plaza, Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Miracle Mile, Le Jeune Road, Biltmore Way, and Andalusia Avenue to be affected.
If you’re driving to the event, there are several municipal parking garages and lots surrounding the parade route. My suggestion is to get there early before the road closures make it difficult to access the parking garages and lots.
The parade is free to the public. However, a limited number of grandstand tickets with premium seating can be purchased in advance online at www.jrorangebowl.org/node/857.
For more information on the Junior Orange Bowl Parade call 305-662-1210 or visit www.jrorangebowl.com.