Fiesta Bowl Parade floats getting final touches

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PHOENIX -- The Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation remains a time-honored Valley tradition and features a dazzling array of colorful floats, magnificent helium balloons, harmonious marching bands and spirited specialty and equestrian units.

Valley residents and visitors alike annually line the 2-mile parade route in Central Phoenix to witness this spectacular celebration, making the parade a holiday custom known and loved by locals, as well as fans traveling to celebrate the Festival of College Football.

3TV's Allison Alexander, herself a former Fiesta Bowl queen (check out her picture), spent Thursday morning at a secret location where crews are putting the final touches on the parade's floats and judges were gathering to pick their favorites.

The parade steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday and should wrap up at about 12:30 p.m. The parade route is about 2 miles long, running along Central Avenue from just north of Montebello Avenue to Camelback Road. At Camelback Road, the route hangs a left and then goes to Seventh Street, where it turns right and continues south to Campbell Avenue.

The parade is free for spectators, but the unreserved seating along the route fills up quickly on a first-come, first-served basis so plan to get there early.

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