Saturday, February 16th, 2019
Free to attend! Grand Parade begins at 7pm!
*Parade route map is in the “Discussion” tab.
One of the best ways to beat the traffic and have a prime spot for the Grand Parade, beginning at 7pm, is to come early and enjoy an entire day of festivities. The Parade Celebration includes all-day entertainment and music and is a prime spot for watching the fireworks that kick off the signature event of the season with a bang! Fun, food, music and crafts make this a family event in the Downtown River District. It’s excitement and amusement right until the arrival of the Grand Parade. The Community Stage is located in the boat ramp along Edwards Drive in Downtown Fort Myers (across from Harborside Event Center).
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Showtime Cloggers
12:10 – 12:40 p.m. Robin Dawn Dance Studio
12:45 – 1:15 p.m. Dance Bochette
1:20 – 1:50 p.m. Melody Lane Dance Studio
1:55 – 2:35 p.m. Country Rythm Cloggers
3:00 — 5:00 p.m. Soulixer
5:30 — 7:30 p.m. Half Step Down
At 7pm, the Grand Parade will begin! This 2 hour extravaganza will feature national participants and local marching bands, floats, local government and law enforcement officials and clowns! The parade brings the entire Southwest Florida community out in celebration of the life and achievements of our local winter resident, Thomas Edison.
Although the event is free for spectators there are two ticketing options open to attendees. The first ticketing option is run by local non-profit groups through the Festival that sell reserved seats (“Street Seats”) and the second ticketing option is VIP tickets which are sold online and in the Edison Festival of Light office (which include food and beverages). Ticket information will come at a later time.