The Orange Bowl football game, festival and parade were conceived in the 1930s by local businessmen to encourage tourism in Miami. WIth the passage of time it became more popular, and the parade featured ever more elaborate floats, especially in the years following World War II. The parade and festival were discontinued in 2002, though the football game continues.
The collection documents the Orange Bowl parade from the earliest years until the final parade in 2002, including photograph albums picturing every float through 1992, snapshot photographs documenting each float from 1993 to 2002, films of the parade, 1948-1951, Orange Bowl festival programs for each year, administrative files relating to the planning and preparations for the parade, design drawings for costumes, and oversized original design drawings for parade floats. The parade float drawings comprise the largest part of the collection, and most were designed by Vaughn Parades, Inc. Most of the floats were sponsored by corporations and reflect the corporation's image, or have historical or patriotic themes.
Photographs depict Orange Bowl "queens," winners of the associated beauty contest.
Orange Bowl Collection, 1932-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
2011.3070 (NMAH Acc.)
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves