On December 1st, 2013, our own Schools Chief of Police Ian A. Moffett jumped in the back of a pick-up truck with one of our officers’ children and School Board Vice Chair Larry S. Feldman to march along the Junior Orange Bowl Parade route.
This is the signature event of the Junior Orange Bowl International Youth Festival! This year, the Junior Orange Bowl celebrated its 65th Diamond Jubilee anniversary with the “Illumination Spectacular” Parade. During this event, hundreds of children and young people took to the streets of Downtown Coral Gables in this celebration of active youth and community. The Junior Orange Bowl Parade is a 65-year tradition in South Florida created especially for the kids — and perfect for families. It usually features a vivid arrangement of marching bands, colorful floats, community groups and creative parade units; this Junior Orange Bowl Parade was a dazzling spectacle as it has become the custom in this area, an experience which will certainly not to be forgotten by the hundreds of people that came out to watch during this early evening. The annual Parade is the flagship event of the Junior Orange Bowl Festival Season, which consists of nearly 20 athletic, academic, and cultural youth events that are all held in South Florida.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) was very well represented this year. Apart from the participation of School Board Vice Chair Lawrence Feldman, Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Ian A. Moffett and numerous schools such as Air Base Elementary, South Dade Senior High School and George T. Baker Aviation School, who brought a whole airplane to coast all the way down Miracle Mile, our very own M-DCPS Maintenance Department also joined the marchers with automobiles and additional support to make this year’s involvement a total success. We are looking forward to the continued support and participation for next year and other years to come. Thank you to everyone involved who helped us make the parade a success.