Interview with Otis Pitts
QUESTION 7
MADISON DAVIS LACY:

You were telling me about the parade that used to happen in Overtown. Tell me about the parade.

OTIS PITTS:

Yeah, we used to have a parade, ah, FAM-U. At the time it was FAM-C. And, ah, they would come down, just before they're big game. You'd have the big, ah, Orange Blossom Classic as such. I mean and it was literally, ah, a weekend of excitement. Everyone would get up for it. I mean, ah, all the students came back and we usually had Blacks coming from all the country to come to this game.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Let me stop you right there. Our audience will not know what FAM-U is. So, when you say FAM-U, say Florida, A&M University. Start again.

OTIS PITTS:

Yes, we used to have a parade, ah, for Florida AM, University.--

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Go ahead.

OTIS PITTS:

We used to have a parade, ah, just before Florida A&M University's big game each year called the Orange Blossom Classic. And it was really a major event in this community. I mean, ah, Blacks came from all over the country to see this game. Ah, it was just a, business was just alive, ah, all the businesses made a lot of money because they had, the restaurants were all active and hotels were, were filled with guests and, ah, I mean it was a very exciting time in the community. And it was a tradition each year, ah, it was during the time that Miami was segregated and the main was occurred. So we had the Orange Bowl Stadium would be, ah, really at two sides. I mean one side would be Whites and the other sides would Blacks. I mean, but, it had a larger, quite a White audience during the segregation than it does now. I mean it was just a major event in this city.