Of the many Fiesta Bowl events that take place in the Valley of the sun in the weeks preceding the Fiesta Bowl football game, the Fiesta Bowl Parade is one of the most popular. Thousands of people will line the streets of central Phoenix to enjoy the Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.
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When is the Fiesta Bowl Parade?On Saturday, December 29, 2012 the parade will begin at 11 a.m.
Where is the Fiesta Bowl Parade?The parade will begin on Central Avenue, just north of Montebello Avenue. It will travel south to Camelback Road, then east to 7th Street, and then south again to the finish just south of Minnezona Avenue. Here's a map of the parade route.
You can get to the parade via METRO Light Rail. You can use the Central/Camelback station for easiest access. Here's a clickable map of light rail, including Park 'n' Ride lots.
The Arizona Department of Transportation usually provides detailed motorist information, including any travel or road restrictions, for this event. Call 5-1-1, then *7. The call is free.
What can I expect to see at the Fiesta Bowl Parade?Nearly 100 entries, including floats, balloons, bands, equestrian, specialty groups and honorary participants, including the Grand Marshal, U.S. Olympic gold medalist swimmer Missy Franklin.
How much does it cost to get in?The Fiesta Bowl Parade is free, if you want to find a place along the parade route to watch. If you want reserved seating, tickets are $25 each ($10 for Reserved disabled seating), and may be purchased online from the Fiesta Bowl Ticket Office, or call 480-350-0911.
Where should I park?There are no specific parking designations for the Fiesta Bowl Parade. If you are lucky enough to find a spot on the street, take it. Otherwise, there will be parking lots charging in locations all along the parade route. My advice: make sure you park on the side of the parade route that you want to leave from--it may be difficult getting around the parade route for several hours after it begins.
Are there any other hints or tips for going to the Fiesta Bowl Parade?Here are some weather statistics and tips about Phoenix for late December and early January. Also, our friends at the Fiesta Bowl Committee gave me some great tips:
- The best spots along the parade route if you aren't sitting in the bleachers are at Central and Camelback or 7th Street and Camelback. There is pre-parade entertainment at both of those intersections. You'll have to get there pretty early though; people will be there several hours before the start of the parade to get a good spot. Some people will start claiming their spots at 6 a.m.
- Bring chairs, snacks, water. Remember, it will be cool in the morning if you plan to get there early.
- There are restrooms all along the parade route.
- Don't forget your camera!
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.
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