Orlando – On Sunday December 27th 2015, the U of Club of Central Florida coordinated a volunteer group to work on floats for the Florida Citrus Parade. Volunteers of all ages came out in force, led by Club President Cheryl Stevens.
The Florida Citrus Parade started in 1980 and it celebrates the holidays and the two annual games: The Russell Athletic Bowl and the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. The parade is organized and produced by Florida Citrus Sports and is syndicated on over 100 television stations.
Our group of about 35 people comprised just a fraction of the 600 volunteers who give their time (in shifts) to work on the parade. We started the day off at 1:00pm signing in at the Orange County Convention Center with this Parade Assistant Taylor La Rocca. We grabbed our building aprons, filled them with rubber bands (used to hold the citrus to the floats) and were quickly coached on how to do our jobs.
Our group was assigned the Brighthouse float, which hadn’t been started at all, and we were done in no time at all (2.5 hours actually). Before we knew it, it was time for a short break and we were back on the floor helping out on other floats to finish out our shift.
For more information on the event, here is a short interview with Club President Cheryl Stevens. She also mentions some great events happening this week.
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