Opening Spectacle

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Join us as we show the world that people of different heritages, ethnicities, beliefs and lifestyles can celebrate life together in a respectful and loving way.

To start the festival each day we proudly display our diversity with a procession of flags, music, large scale puppets, and colorful clothing, walking down Magnolia to the festival grounds ending in a large group portrait.

When: Saturday, November 28 & Sunday, November 29, 2020

Parade Starts: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Noon at Sunday

Route: Starts at Magnolia Avenue and Church Street and coming down Magnolia to South, then on South to Orange and through the front entrance of FusionFest, proceeding to the OUC & Massey stage.

Remember: Wear a mask and stay 6 ft away from others.

Are you participating in the Opening Spectacle?

Here's everything you need to know.

Where do I go?

We will meet on the corner of Church St and Magnolia Ave. If you need an address you can use 106 E Church St. Orlando, FL 32801.

What time are we meeting?

  • Saturday: Arrive by 9:30 a.m. 
  • Sunday: Arrive by 11:30 a.m. 

What to wear?

Come dressed in colorful or heritage clothing, and don’t forget to wear a mask. Face masks are required to all participants. We will walk approximately six blocks, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

What are the steps?

  1. Upon arrival, a Team member will take your temperature.
  2. Check out a flag with one of our Team members. If you sponsored a flag, it will be reserved for you with your name on it.
  3. Unroll it and keep the tie on the pole. Try not to drag it on the ground.
  4. We will walk down Magnolia Ave, turn on South St and enter the festival through the right entrance keeping 6 feet distance from others.
  5. Once inside the festival grouds, we walk in front of the food vendors area and turn left to pass in front of the OUC & Massey Stage.
  6. Enter any available pod in the center section and wait for a group photo. The photographer will be up on the Dr. Phillips Center balcony, so make sure to look up! 
  7. After the photo is taken, place your flag in one of the pods on the right section. 
  8. See route maps below. There is one for the street portion and another for the festival grounds. 

What to bring?

Come prepared to keep yourself hydrated. It will be a beautiful, sunny day – a hat or sunscreen is recommended. 

Where to park?

Street parking is available all over the area and is free on Sunday only. There are also nearby Parking Garages, such as City Commons at 460 Boone Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 ($3 first hour + $2 each additional hour) and Sun Trust Center at 25 W South St. Orlando, FL 3280 ($4 first hour + $3 each additional hour).

What’s the Covid-19 Protocol?

  • The festival is outdoors in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Masks are required to all attendees.
  • Temperature checks will be taken at the entrance.
  • Socially distanced audience boxes available.
  • Hand sanitizers available.
  • Professional sanitation will be happening consistently throughout the festival.

Questions?  Reach out to Dan Roche at [email protected] or 703-814-2108