Many states offer a flowing bowl of championship football as a midwinter pick-me-up for the nation's spectator sports fans. But the state of Florida, never one to be backward, goes the rest of the states one better. It fills its holiday Orange Bowl with a whole fruit punch of assorted sports events that lasts for three weeks. Even Florida's drab gray elephants are required to get into fancy dress for the parade through Miami that keynotes the festival.
Whether caught on a beach waiting through the night for the races to begin or in a moment of catastrophe by day (below), hydroplanes on Biscayne Bay make a characteristic splash of color.
Churning rooster tails of purest white out of the blue, outboard racers flash around a turn in front of Miami's new Marine Stadium, main unit in the $2.7 million complex where the annual Orange Bowl Regatta is held.
Teen-age tennis players from all over the world rendezvous in Florida in December to take part in the annual junior tennis tournament, where Davis and Wightman cup stars of the future make their promise shine in the sun.
Not content to provide only a single championship football game, generous Florida fills its Orange Bowl up twice—once with college champions, once with the professionals of the NFL, who hold their runner-up playoff there.