Fiesta Bowl Parade takes Phoenix by storm

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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azfamily.com

Posted on December 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 29 at 5:51 PM

PHOENIX -- Before the big game, there's the parade.
 
“We've been working on this for the last two months,” said Sherrod Martin who was putting the final touches on a float.
 
It’s the same time, same place, just different teams.
 
“It's a free, family event. It's good clean entertainment, folks can come out and have a wonderful time, they can laugh, they can smile and just enjoy it and it's free,” said Fiesta Bowl Parade Chair Terry Ricketts.
 
The Fiesta Bowl Parade weaves through Phoenix.
 
“I like the floats, I like clapping at the people who you know, are good,” said parade goer Eleri Moser.

“I woke them up at 7 and told them to be ready by 9 o'clock or I was leaving them and I was coming on my own,” said Paula Oliver who was talking about her kids.
 
“One is already in college and we're still continuing with the other small one so it's kind of a tradition. Every year we're packed and ready to go early in the morning, pack the chocolate and the coffee and here we are,” said Roger Rogelio Camarena, who hasn’t missed a parade in 15 years.
 
Along with both the Kansas State and University of Oregon marching bands, high school bands from across the U.S. marched, while local dance groups danced, and meticulously decorated floats floated by.
 
The actual Fiesta Bowl game is Thursday, January 3rd. Kick-off is at 6:30 p.m. Arizona time.

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