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Balloon rally, 1990, Fallschase area, Tallahassee

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Springtime Tallahassee
A Local Legacy

Tallahassee, Florida, has had a hard time trying to keep the capital there. There's been talk of moving the capital of Florida out of Tallahassee since the 1850s! After a bill was introduced in the state legislature in 1967 to move the capital to Orlando, the community of Tallahasee came up with the idea of having a festival in March 1968 to show off the beauty of the city. They called the festival "Springtime Tallahassee, A Capital Affair." Spring in Tallahasee is particularly pretty because all of the dogwood trees and azalea bushes are in full bloom with beautiful flowers.

Since then, Tallahassee has made sure that the capital of Florida stays put by having this festival every year. Volunteers who coordinate the festival are organized into five "krewes," each representing a different period of Florida history: Spanish, U.S. territory, statehood before the Civil War, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the 20th century. Each "krewe" (pronounced "crew") builds a parade float that reflects one of these periods. The "krewes" also appear in period costume at a number of gala events during the festival.

In addition to a parade, the festival also features arts, crafts, delicious food and music and the colorful Balloon Rally, which is as colorful as Florida in springtime.

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