2015 Honorary Grand Marshal

77th anniversary celebration

Fort Myers, Florida – The Edison Festival of Light Committee and program sponsor Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz are proud to distinguish Kathryn Kelly as the Honorary Grand Marshal of the Grand Parade of Light set to take place on February 21st.

Nominations were submitted by community members wishing to recognize exemplary altruistic individuals and reviewed by the committee. Founder of the Heights Foundation, Kelly has made a lasting impact on the community through the foundation’s educational programs, holiday outreach events and more. Described by her peers as an inspiration, Kelley has been committed to improving the lives of those around her by helping to develop strong independent families in our community.

As Honorary Grand Marshal, Kelly will be spotlighted in the Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade. In addition, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz will make a contribution to the Heights Foundation in Kelley’s honor.

The Grand Parade of Light is a two-hour extravaganza featuring national & local marching bands, unique floats and giant balloons, local government and law enforcement officials and more. The parade, which has gained recognition as the largest night parade in the south east, brings the entire community out in celebration of the life and achievements of winter resident, Thomas Edison. This event is FREE to the public and will take place on February 21st beginning at Fort Myers High School at 7:00 pm and concluding in the downtown River District. A Grand Parade Party and concert on the River with live entertainment the day of the parade is also FREE to the public! The fun begins at 11am!

Goldstein, Buckley, Chechman, Rice and Purtz

The motorcycles are coming!

Indianpolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team

Crowd favorites–Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team–will be returning for the 2015 Grand Parade!

Originating in 1954, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team travels across the country performing in parades, at schools, children’s hospitals, nursing homes and other worthy events.

Their travel and expenses are funded by private money from individuals and businesses in Indianapolis and around the country.

The Drill Team has performed in six Presidential Inaugural Parades, 51 Blossomtime Parades in St. Joseph/ Benton Harbor Michigan, the Indianapolis 500 Parade, the King Kamehameha Parade, Aloha Festival, The Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Kentucky Derby, the St. Petersburg Festival of States, over thirty-one American Legion National Convention Parades and even here at past Edison Festival of Light parades!

Led by Sgt. Bret McAtee, the current Drill Team consists of seventeen motorcycle officers. While performing, twelve motorcycles carry a letter that we can position to spell Indianapolis or Indiana.

Members of the Drill Team are IMPD motorcycle police officers who perform on the same motorcycles they use in their daily patrol.

For the past sixty-one years the Motorcycle Team has been one of the top goodwill ambassadors for the City of Indianapolis, the State of Indiana and law enforcement around the country.

To learn more about the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team visit http://www.motorcycledrillteam.org