2019 Fusion Fest and Diversitastic Parade in Orlando Preview


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Press Release Downtown Arts District with additional information

FusionFest is the only holiday parade in downtown Orlando this year after the Citrus Parade folded and the Orlando Christmas Parade canceled for 2019. The festival’s colorful Diversitastic! Parade will fill South Street, Orange Avenue and the Seneff Arts Plaza with a procession of hundreds of flags, musicians, giant puppets and dignitaries on both Saturday, November 30, and Sunday December 1, 2019, as the only holiday parade in Downtown Orlando this year. The parade begins at noon on both days. Prime viewing will be on South Street in front of the CNL building or inside the free festival grounds at either the Cox Media stage or the OUC stage. Rain or shine this event goes on.

Get your VIP Passport tickets now before they are sold out. VIP Passport purchase includes upfront experience; entering to win prizes, and much more. The cost is $24 per person. VIP Passports purchased after November 19, 2091, will be available for pick-up at FusionFest at the Information and Prizes booth on November 30 and December 1, 2019. If you wish to pick it up before, please email hello@fusionfest.org or call 407-836-5540. For VIP Passport please visit fusionfest.org/product/vip/ .

This event is held in the heart of Downtown Orlando. Check your GPS for the best route there. Most attendees will be parking at The City Commons Parking Garage is located behind Orlando City Hall and CNL Towers I & II. The cost to park in this garage is between $10-$12 per vehicle for event parking. There is parking garage staff directing traffic and collecting money for parking. They accept cash and credit card when entering the garage. For more parking locations please visit the City of Orlando Parking website at www.orlando.gov/Parking-Transportation/Parking/Parking-Garages-and-Lots . Some parking fees may change without notice.

The colorful performers and flags from the inaugural Diversitastic! Parade in 2018 were invited to be in a parade every month for seven months starting with FusionFest. The parade and festival reflect the season of Thanksgiving by honoring the more than 100 heritages found amongst the diverse Central Florida residents. The festival begins each day with the parade starting at 12pm and continues with hundreds of performances, vendors with food and merchandise from around the world, visual arts, games from different cultures, children’s activities, short films about Central Floridians and unique interactive experiences.

Saturday ends with a Global Street Dance Party on Orange Avenue in front of Orlando City Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday ends with an Awards Ceremony for successful fusion in seven different categories with nearly $10,000 in prizes including the Fly-Anywhere-in-the-World Raffle from the Orlando International Airport. “It’s the new Thanksgiving tradition for Central Florida,” claims festival organizer Terry Olson.

For the complete schedule and guide, visit FusionFest.org .    FusionFest is a project of the Downtown Arts District with support from Orange County Government and the Downtown Development Board at the Dr. Phillips Center.

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