Scenes from the Cheez-It Bowl Parade of Bands

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Hundreds gathered along Park Avenue on Dec. 29 to show their school spirit as the City of Winter Park hosted the 15th Cheez-It Bowl Parade of Bands.

Florida State University’s Marching Chiefs and the University of Oklahoma’s Pride of Oklahoma marching band performed a few hours before their respective football teams faced off in the Cheez-It Bowl at Camping World Stadium.

“I’m an Oklahoma alum so I had to come out and show my support,” said Winter Park resident Rosemary Hakimipour, who was a member of the Pride of Oklahoma band from 1984-86.

Crowds line Park Avenue on the morning of December 29 for the Cheez-It Bowl Parade of Bands.

Fans lined both sides of the street wearing all manner of school gear, and some handmade spirit-wear.

“I’m attending Florida State and a Winter Park resident so this works out great for me,” said Jack Henyecz, who sported a Cheez-It helmet and necklace he made himself.

Florida State student Jack Henyecz sports a Cheez-It Bowl ensemble of his own creation.

Bands gathered by the intersection of Interlachen and Lyman Avenues, then headed to Park Avenue and marched north to Central Park to perform the “Bandtastic Game Day Preview.”

Competition took a back seat to camaraderie as the crowd cheered both bands and enjoyed a morning of music.

The Florida State Marching Chiefs arrive in downtown Winter Park.
The University of Oklahoma Ruf/Neks assemble the Sooner Schooner before the parade.
OU’s horse mascots – two Welsh ponies named Boomer and Sooner – will pull the Schooner.
FSU band members can’t resist the opportunity to say hello to Sooner.
Pride of Oklahoma band members disembark their busses and get ready for the parade.
The FSU Marching Chiefs kick off the event as majorettes make their way down Park Avenue with the trumpets not far behind.
An FSU trumpet player wears some extra spirit.
The Pride of Oklahoma begin the march with Boomer and Sooner in the lead.
Band members perform their school fight song.
Sousaphones march in formation.
OU alum and Winter Park resident Rosemary Hakimipour takes photos as the band marches by.
The band cheers along with the crowd as the performance moves to Central Park.
Spectators take any available vantage point as bands prepare to perform in Central Park.
Pride of Oklahoma drum major Isaac Rosales enthusiastically leads the band.
A Marching Chiefs majorette skillfully tosses batons.
Cheerleaders lead the crowd in the FSU fight song.
The performance is capped off with an airborne maneuver.
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