Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Is there anything more tacky fabulous than a parade of fruit?

Yippee...it's just about time for the Citrus Bowl Parade! Almost as exciting as the event itself (which takes place downtown on December 29) is the opportunity for you to attach 100,000 oranges, tangerines and grapefruits to the chicken wire on the floats ahead of time.

Don't be intimidated if you haven't got any experience in this sort of thing - there are online tutorials-a-plenty. Like this one. Please trust me when I tell you, it is a must-see, with groovy background music and lines like, "Once you attach 'an citrus frooots'...it makes you want to do it over and over again."

There's also a lesser-known advanced tutorial, which covers all the extra special things sponsors can do to kick things up a notch on parade day. As an example, you can have people on-board your float waving, smiling, and tossing out miniature nerf footballs with corporate logos emblazoned on the side. The Orange County Expressway Authority, however, decided to scrap all the bells and whistles last year and take a more minimalist approach. Wonder how they'll top it this year?
Side note: The Grand Marshall hasn't been announced yet, so that can only mean one thing - it's going to be a former reality show contestant from 4 seasons ago.

(photo courtesy of Scott Maxwell/Orlando Sentinel)

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