Comerica Bank New Year's Parade

Comerica Bank New Year's Parade
The Eli Young Band was the parade's Grand Marshal for 2010.

The Comerica Bank New Year's Parade (also known as the Cotton Bowl Parade)[1] is an annual New Year's Day parade held in downtown Dallas, Texas. The parade is sponsored by Comerica Bank, presented by the J. Curtis Sanford Parade Committee, and benefits the Field and Mary Scovell Scholarship Foundation.[2] It was revived in 2007 and is held each year for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.[3] An estimated 100,000 people attend the parade each year. The parade route is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long, starts in the Dallas Arts District and ends at the American Airlines Center, by Victory Park. It features about 80 different entries, including about 20 floats and various marching bands, balloons, and other such performances.[2] The parade is followed by pep rallies in the park[4] for each team competing in the Cotton Bowl Classic.[5] Although the game is now held in Cowboy Stadium at Arlington, Texas, the parade is still held in Dallas.[3] The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau says that the New Year's Day parade is important to the local economy because it increases the amount of people shopping, dining, and staying in hotels during the end of the holiday season.[6]


The parade was originally televised on CBS until 1992, when the network decided to stop, and as a result, the event was canceled.[7] The parade was then revived in 2007, when Comerica, which had recently moved its headquarters from Detroit to Dallas,[8] announced its title sponsorship of the event. Originally held on New Year's Eve,[9] the parade started with approximately 60 different entries, but has since expanded. All of the parades have been organized by the J. Curtis Sanford Parade Committee, a non-profit organization named for J. Curtis Sanford, who founded the Cotton Bowl Classic in 1937 with his own money.[10] In 2008, the "Comerica Bank Vote for the Float" was announced. The program allows spectators and television viewers to vote for floats designed by middle school students from the Dallas Independent School District in Dallas County.[1] Former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmett Smith was picked to be the event's first Grand Marshal in 2007.[9] For the 2010 parade, the Eli Young Band was chosen to be the parade's Grand Marshal.[3] The 2009 Grand Marshal was Betty Sanford, the widow of J. Curtis Sanford. She was chosen because it was the last year the Cotton Bowl Classic would be held in Dallas.[11]


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  2. ^ a b "Comerica Bank New Year’s Parade 2010". Fox Television Stations, Inc. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-31. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Norris, Mark (30 December 2009). "2010 Comerica Bank New Year's Parade in Dallas". The Dallas Morning News, Inc. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Comerica Bank New Year’s Parade". PanLocal Media, LLC. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  5. ^ "2010 Comerica Bank New Year's Parade". CBS Radio Stations Inc. Retrieved 2009-12-31. [dead link]
  6. ^ "“Celebrate Entertainment!” At The 2010 Comerica Bank New Year’s Parade In Downtown Dallas". Daybook, Incorporated. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  7. ^ Chavez, Stella M. (2 January 2009). "Comerica Bank New Year's Parade celebrates the Cotton Bowl one more time". Texas Cable News. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  8. ^ Solis, Olivia Carmichael (1 December 2008). "Comerica: One year later". Texas Banker Association. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  9. ^ a b Gordon, Jennifer (21 December 2007). "People.(briefs)". SourceMedia, Inc. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  10. ^ "Comerica Bank New Year's Parade to 'Celebrate Downtown!' Dallas". PR Newswire Association LLC. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 2009-12-31. [dead link]
  11. ^ Norris, Mark (31 December 2008). "Dallas students design floats for New Year's parade". The Dallas Morning News, Inc. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 

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