Applications now being accepted for 2018 Fiesta Bowl Parade

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The Fiesta Bowl is now accepting applications for community groups to be an entry in the 2018 Fiesta Bowl Parade. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Fiesta Bowl is now accepting applications for community groups to be an entry in the 2018 Fiesta Bowl Parade. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A combination of more than 2,500 men, women, children, floats, balloons and animals participate in the Fiesta Bowl Parade. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A combination of more than 2,500 men, women, children, floats, balloons and animals participate in the Fiesta Bowl Parade. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The Fiesta Bowl is once again inviting and encouraging groups to submit an application by Sept. 14, to be a part of the 2018 Fiesta Bowl Parade. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Fiesta Bowl is once again inviting and encouraging groups to submit an application by Sept. 14, to be a part of the 2018 Fiesta Bowl Parade. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Fiesta Bowl is now accepting applications for community groups to be an entry in the 2018 Fiesta Bowl Parade.

The parade's theme this year will celebrate Arizona being the 48th state, in conjunction with the 48th Annual Playstation Fiesta Bowl.

A combination of more than 2,500 men, women, children, floats, balloons and animals participate in the Fiesta Bowl Parade. The Fiesta Bowl is once again inviting and encouraging groups to submit an application by Sept. 14, to be a part of the 2018 Fiesta Bowl Parade.

Visit fiestabowl.org/events/fiesta-bowl-parade/ to submit an application.

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"We are excited to hor our great state of Arizona with this year's Fiesta Bowl Parade," said Mike Nealy, executive director of the Fiesta Bowl. "Arizona has been such a fantastic host to our great bowl game and community service organization for 48 years and this community is a huge part of why the Fiesta Bowl Parade and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl have seen so much success."

The Fiesta Bowl Parade was first staged in 1972 and is one of the Valley's longest-standing traditions. It will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, along its traditional central Phoenix parade route.

Admission is free to the public with premium and reserved seating available for $25 and the spectacle will be televised live on Arizona's Family and on azfamily.com.

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"The Fiesta Bowl Parade continues to be one of Arizona's signature community events year after year," said Steve Leach, chair of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. "What makes this event so special are the groups from within our community that march down the parade route each year and we encourage everyone to submit an application to be a part of this great event."

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Dec. 29, the Fiesta Bowl Parade will showcase a pageantry of floats, giant balloons, equestrian units, charitable groups, local celebrities and marching bands that will make their way down the two-mile route through central Phoenix.

Groups from Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and the competing universities in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl create unique parade floats, march in high school and university bands, celebrate equestrian displays, drive specialty cars, perform and join more than 100,000 fans to take part in the experience.

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The Fiesta Bowl Parade will kick off Fiesta Bowl game week, culminating in the 48th Annual PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day at 11:00 a.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium. 

For more information about the event, the application process and to purchase tickets, please visit fiestabowl.org/events/fiesta-bowl-parade/.

For more information on the Fiesta Bowl, visit fiestabowl.org.

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