Media Release

Repurposed Floats at the UF Homecoming Parade

Monday, November 4, 2013 4:30 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Sustainability Program and Waste Alternatives have been working with local artists Raymond Rawls and Lorraine Duerden to create carbon-neutral floats for the UF Homecoming Parade. The parade is on Friday, November 8, 2013, from noon to 2 p.m., down University Avenue in Gainesville.

The artists have collected materials from the County waste stream to build carbon-neutral floats and use “pedal power” instead of fossil fuels. The reuse project shows that waste can often be repurposed before becoming trash. Members of several organizations including Gainesville Art Lab, the Repurpose Project, Beautiful People Bike Crew, and the UF Juggling Club will ride alongside the artists in the parade.

Waste Management Director Sally Palmi commented, “It’s very inspiring to see that the very things we have thrown away are being used to create art that the whole community can enjoy.”

For more information, contact Alachua County Waste Alternatives’ Fae Nageon de Lestang at 352-548-1283 or


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

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