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Holiday Parade & Celebration

One of the best ways to celebrate the holiday spirit is to be in a parade!

There are many ways to join in the festivities including marching in the parade, riding a float or volunteering to help out.

Application Process

1) Read the Parade Guidelines prior to making an entry.

2) Submit the Parade Unit Application form.

3) Applications will be reviewed by the Parade Committee and notifications of acceptance will be sent to all on-time applicants by November 30.

4) Confirm your participation immediately after receiving your letter of acceptance.

How to Apply

Apply using the general Parade Application form if you are:

  • Marching Bands / Drum Corps
  • Community Floats
  • Sponsor Floats
  • Marching / Walking Units
  • Motorized Units
  • Mounted Units

Become a Volunteer

We need you to make the parade happen! It takes a lot of work to put on a parade, but we always have fun! Parade volunteers are needed to assist with Unit staging and check-in, grandstand ticketing, parade route marshals and more. 

For more information, please contact us via email at or call (786)607-0598

Pre-Parade Volunteer Orientation


Coral Cables City Hall

Community Service Hours

Community service is an integral part of the education of our nation’s youth. Through service to others, students improve their self-esteem, develop a sense of responsibility, and develop sensitivity to the needs of others and the community as a whole. High school parade volunteers may earn hours toward fulfilling their community service requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program. Verification letters will be emailed the week after the parade.

Volunteer Rewards

The feeling of pride and accomplishment at the end of the parade knowing that you and the rest of the team played an important role in making the parade a success!

Types of Units

Marching Bands / Drum Corps

Must have a minimum of 30 participants. Marching bands must play music during the entire 0.6-mile route. Marching bands that are selected to participate in the Junior Orange Bowl Parade will be provided bus transportation at no cost to the school.  All marching bands/drum corps are eligible for Marching Band awards. Fan Favorite voting will take place on the parade route. Final judging will take place as units enter the Grandstand bleacher area. Download the Marching Band flyer (PDF).

Community Floats

Local organizations, non-profits and small businesses are encouraged to create a community float using our new Community Float Building Manual - a step-by-step guide to creating your own float. Must have a minimum of 20 participants and come in costume or uniform.  Applications must include a description of the float including uniforms/costumes and a sketch or photo of the float design.  All community float entries are eligible for Float Awards.  Final judging will take place before the parade, and winners will get to carry an award banner along the route. Fan Favorite voting will take place along the parade route. Download the Community Float flyer (PDF).

Sponsor Floats

Included with Parade Sponsorship packages. Contact us for details

Marching / Walking Units

Must have a minimum of 30 participants and come in costume or uniform.  Units should carry a banner in front displaying the name of the unit.

Motorized Units*

This includes any emergency vehicles, customized or novelty vehicles, antiques, motorcycles, cars.  *Must provide an insurance certificate naming Junior Orange Bowl as certificate holder.

Mounted Units*

There is a ten (10) horse minimum and all Equestrian Units must bring their own clean-up crew.  Mounted units will be provided a police escort back to the staging area for safety.  *Must provide an insurance certificate naming Junior Orange Bowl as certificate holder.


If you have any questions about entering the parade with a float or a band please contact us at

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