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The Festival of Palms Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game held New Year's Day in Miami, Florida. The game was held twice, following the 1932 and 1933 seasons, before being renamed the Orange Bowl.

In 1932, George E. Hussey, official greeter of Miami, organized the first Palm Festival game. With Miami suffering from both the Great Depression and the preceding Florida land bust, Hussey and other Miamians sought to help its economy by holding a game similar to Pasadena's Rose Bowl.

Both games pitted an invited opponent against the University of Miami. In the first game, played on January 2, 1933, Miami defeated Manhattan College 7-0. In the second game, played on New Year's Day 1934, Duquesne defeated Miami 33-7.

These games are not recognized as bowl games by the NCAA because one team was guaranteed a berth regardless of record. However, following the success of these games, backers organized another game for New Year's Day 1935 under the Orange Bowl name. This game did not automatically grant a berth to one team, although the University of Miami was again a participant. For this reason, the 1935 Orange Bowl was later recognized by the NCAA as an official bowl game.[1]

Game results

Date Winning Team Losing Team
January 2, 1933 Miami (FL) 7 Manhattan 0
January 1, 1934 Duquesne 33 Miami (FL) 7

See also

List of college bowl games


  1. Bowl Games: College Football's Greatest Tradition, by Robert Ours, 2004, pg. 28