Press Release: Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade Celebrates 80th Anniversary

FORT MYERS, FL — It is time to “Illuminate.  Innovate.  Celebrate.” in Southwest Florida.  The Edison Festival of Light, Southwest Florida’s largest and longest running festival announces details for the upcoming Festival.  “Our Board of Directors has been working to produce a multitude of fun and exciting events over the next two weeks,” said Greg Edsell, Edison Festival of Light Board President.

The largest event of the Edison Festival, the Grand Parade of Light held on Saturday, Feb. 17 will dazzle downtown Fort Myers and has many new and exciting participants.  The 2018 Grand Marshals are the FPL & LCEC Hurricane Heroes. Utility workers will represent the thousands who worked tirelessly to restore power after Hurricane Irma. In addition, the Honorary Grand Marshal is Mandy Harvey, the deaf singer who was a finalist on America’s got talent. Her rich, captivating vocals captured the hearts of judges when she used her ukulele while performing original songs.

There will be many new entries and some favorites such as the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team, the Budweiser Clydesdales, more than 18 marching bands, lots of floats, and the LCEC light bulb balloon.

Seats are still available for the Grand Parade of Light.  Street seats are $10 and tickets to the VIP event at Harborside Event Center that includes food and beverages are $50 per person.  Information on all parade tickets can be found at the Edison Festival website under Tickets.

Volunteers are still needed for the Grand Parade and for all the Edison Festival of Light events.  Information on opportunities can be found at www.edisonfestival.org/p/volunteer.

Other Edison Festival of Light highlights include:

Crafts on the River – Feb. 16 – 18, 2018   10 am – 5 pm Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm Sunday – Centennial Park.  Join local and national craft vendors as they showcase their talent and wares throughout Centennial Park.    Free admission.

Parade Celebration –Feb. 17, 2018,  11 am – 7 pm, Edwards Drive, downtown Fort Myers.  Start the celebration for the Grand Parade of Light and listen to bands and local talent while having more beverages and food.  Multiple food locations include the boat ramp, the corner of Dean and Edwards, and Hendry and Edwards.  Free admission.

Edison Festival of Light 5K – Feb. 17, 2018, 5:45 pm Centennial Park, Fort Myers.  Join 1,500 participants in this sanctioned race that has earned national recognition thanks to its rich history, list of participants and thousands of cheering fans.  Participants race along the Grand Parade route and cross the finish line in time for the parade to begin.  Registration is $25 until Feb. 10, $30 Feb. 11-16, and $40 race day and includes a t-shirt.

Classic Car Show – Feb. 18, 2018 – 10 am – 3 pm, Edwards Drive, Fort Myers.   Celebrate classic cars and hot rods that include antiques, muscle cars and more.  Free admission.

All festival event details are listed on the Edison Festival of Light website (www.edisonfestival.org).

Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.” , the Edison Festival of Light, Inc. honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to mankind including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community by education and activities relating to Edison’s works and values.

For more information, visit www.edisonfestival.org or call 239-334-2999. Become a fan by following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/edisonfestival) and Twitter and Instagram (@edisonfestival).  The Edison Festival of Light is a member of the Florida Festivals and Events Association and the International Festivals and Events Association.

 

PHOTO INFORMATION:

Photo courtesy of the Edison Festival of Light

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Press Release: Edison Festival of Light Announces 2018 Official Poster Contest

FORT MYERS, FL (April 18, 2017) The Edison Festival of Light is calling for entries for the 2018 Official Poster in celebration of the  80th Anniversary of the Edison Festival to be held in February 10-18, 2018.  Artists and graphic designers are welcome to submit entries for the competition.  The art can be of any medium and must be a completely original concept not used in other posters, promotions, events organizations, or materials.    The deadline for submissions is at noon on June 15, 2017.

The Edison Festival of Light is the largest and longest running festival in Southwest Florida.  Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.”, the Edison Festival recognizes  the inventions of Thomas Edison, along with his contributions to Fort Myers and Southwest Florida.  The artwork should represent the activities and events of the Edison Festival, the contributions and/or images of Thomas Edison, and imagery of Fort Myers and Southwest Florida.  The poster is used for advertising the festival and in merchandising products and opportunities.  Entries will be considered based on concept, artistic imagery, visual presentation, and merchandising opportunities.

Detailed information on the contest rules and submission methods can be found at this link.

Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.” , the Edison Festival of Light, Inc. honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to mankind including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community by education and activities relating to Edison’s works and values. For more information, visit www.edisonfestival.org or call 239-334-2999. Become a fan by following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/edisonfestival) and Twitter and Instagram (@edisonfestival).  The Edison Festival of Light is a member of the Florida Festivals and Events Association and the International Festivals and Events Association.

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Street Closings for February 10-17th

Below you can find the streets that will be closed for STEMtastic Day of Discovery, Mutt Strutt, Food Trucks & Craft Beer and the Junior Events.

 

Street Closings:

SATURDAY, February 10 8:00 AM – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 4:00 PM, 2018
Edwards from Heitman to Jackson
Dean from Bay to Edwards
Hendry from Bay to City Pier
Boat Ramp parking lot
City Pier parking lot
Limited access to Post Office parking lot (for business only)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2018
JUNIOR PARADE, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
First Street from Virginia to Heitman (Barricades on all cross streets from McGregor)
First Street from Heitman to Lee (Barricades one block on either side – Second and Bay)

PRESS RELEASE: Edison Festival of Light and the Grand Parade of Light Dazzles with Special Guests and Balloons

FORT MYERS, FL (Feb. 6, 2016) It is time to “Illuminate.  Innovate.  Celebrate.” in Southwest Florida.  The Edison Festival of Light, Southwest Florida’s largest and longest running festival announces details for the upcoming Festival.  “Our Board of Directors has been working to produce a multitude of fun and exciting events over the next two weeks,” said Kevin Anderson, Edison Festival of Light Board President.

 

The largest event of the Edison Festival, the Grand Parade of Light held on Saturday, Feb. 18 will dazzle downtown Fort Myers and has many new and exciting participants.  The 2017 Grand Marshals are the Cape Coral Little League Senior League World Series Championship team, who beat British Columbia, Canada to win the title.  In addition, the Honorary Grand Marshal is Bobby Nichols, a twelve time PGA Tour champion.  Nichols has held the Nichols Cup Golf Tournament at Fiddlesticks Golf Course for the past 15 years and has donated over $8.2 million for abused and neglected children from the proceeds of the tournament.  “This is quite an honor to be chosen as the Honorary Grand Marshal for this community tradition, “said Nichols.

 

In addition, the Grand Parade of Light will have triple the number of helium balloons as in previous years.  “We are excited that Chico’s is bringing back their shopping bag balloon, which made its debut in this parade a number of years ago,” said Anderson.  In addition, Fort Myers Pest Control will be carrying Jerry the Mouse, of Tom and Jerry cartoon fame, making its debut here in Southwest Florida.  Anderson continued, “These large balloons are a part of Americana and a tradition in parades across the country.  Having these helium balloons brings a new excitement and experience for our parade-goers.”

 

Seats are still available for the Grand Parade of Light.  Street seats are $10 and a ticket to the VIP event at Harborside Event Center that includes food and beverages are $57 per person.  Information on all parade tickets can be found at the Edison Festival website under Tickets.

 

IFor those unable to attend the Grand Parade in person, the parade will be broadcast on MeTV on Sunday, March 12, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  MeTV is a Waterman Broadcast station and is found on various cable channels throughout the area.

 

Volunteers are still needed for the Grand Parade and for all the Edison Festival of Light events.  Information on opportunities can be found at www.edisonfestival.org/p/volunteer.

 

Other Edison Festival of Light highlights include:

 

STEMtastic Day of Discovery – February 11, 2017 from 10 am – 3 pm in Harborside Event Center and Centennial Park.  The largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) event in the region has over 7,500 participants create and learn through hands-on experiments.  Activities will include displays from Mote Aquarium and Full Sail University.

 

Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival – February 11, 2017 – 2 pm – 9 pm Edwards Drive, downtown Fort Myers.  Local craft beer and epicureans will delight in tasting some of Southwest Florida’s creations while listening to local bands.  Admission is free.

 

Mutt Strutt – Feb. 11, 2017 – 3 pm – 6 pm – Edwards Drive and Hendry, downtown Fort Myers.  Bring your favorite pooch and join in the festivities to celebrate our canine friends. A parade and costume contest will take place at 5 pm.  Canine registration to participate in the festivities is $10.

 

 

Junior Fun Run – Feb. 12, 2017 – 11 am registration – First and Jackson Streets – Fort Myers.  Designed for the children, this fun run is for kids between the ages of 2 and 10.  Registration is $7 per child and includes a t-shirt while supplies last.

 

Junior Parade – Feb. 12, 2017 – 2:30 pm First Street and throughout downtown Fort Myers.  Starting in the early 1940’s, The Junior Parade showcases the creativity and talent of area children and their family as they parade through downtown, including proceeding down historic First Street and them moving north down Lee to Bay, proceeding west on Bay to Monroe and then north on Monroe to Edwards.  This free parade features more than 100 units including floats, clowns, bands and dignitaries.  A highlight of the Junior Parade and the Grand Parade are the homemade floats.  Over a dozen nonprofits are building floats to promote their organizations.  Families have participated for generations whether wearing costumes and walking the parade route or building floats; some of those families now help manage the parade.

 

The Junior Parade will be broadcast on MeTV on Sunday, March 5 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

 

Crafts on the River – Feb. 17 – 19, 2017 – 10 am – 5 pm Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm Sunday – Centennial Park.  Join local and national craft vendors as they showcase their talent and wares throughout Centennial Park.    Free admission.

 

Music Walk Block party – Feb. 17, 2017 – 6 pm – 10 pm.  Start the celebration for the Grand Parade of Light as we kick off the weekend as part of the Music Walk on Friday.  Listen to SoFlo and the Tucci Band while enjoying in your favorite beverages and munch on various foods that celebrate Southwest Florida and your favorite traditional festival food items.  Free admission.

 

Parade Celebration –Feb. 18, 2017,  11 am – 7 pm, Edwards Drive, downtown Fort Myers.  Start the celebration for the Grand Parade of Light and listen to bands, local disc jockey DJ Mad Mel and local talent while having more beverages and food.  Multiple food locations include the boat ramp, the corner of Dean and Edwards, and Hendry and Edwards.  Free admission.

 

Edison Festival of Light 5K – Feb. 18, 2017, 5:45 pm Centennial Park, Fort Myers.  Join 1,500 participants in this sanctioned race that has earned national recognition thanks to its rich history, list of participants and thousands of cheering fans.  Participants race along the Grand Parade route and cross the finish line in time for the parade to begin.  Registration is $25 until Feb. 11, $30 Feb. 12-17, and $40 race day and includes a t-shirt.

 

 

Classic Car Show – Feb. 19, 2017 – 10 am – 3 pm, Edwards Drive, Fort Myers.   Celebrate classic cars and hot rods that include antiques, muscle cars and more.  Free admission.

 

All festival event details are listed on the Edison Festival of Light website (www.edisonfestival.org).

 

Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.” , the Edison Festival of Light, Inc. honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to mankind including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community by education and activities relating to Edison’s works and values.  Sponsors include the City of Fort Myers, Florida Power and Light, Budweiser, Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau, Chico’s FAS Inc., Family Thrift Center, LCEC, MedExpress Urgent Care, Morgan & Morgan, Downtown Property Owner’s Association, Florida Lottery, Fort Myers Pest Control, Wells Fargo, Applebee’s, Pepsi, Lipman Produce, Liberty Tax Service, Rasmussen College, B&I Contractors, and Florida Vacation Auction.  Media Partners include Beasley Radio, Happenings and Family News, IHeartMedia, Lamar, The News-Press, Parent and Child magazine, TOTI publications, and ValPak.

 

For more information, visit www.edisonfestival.org or call 239-334-2999. Become a fan by following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/edisonfestival) and Twitter and Instagram (@edisonfestival).  The Edison Festival of Light is a member of the Florida Festivals and Events Association and the International Festivals and Events Association.

 

PHOTO INFORMATION:

Photo courtesy of the Edison Festival of Light

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Press Release: Dazzle Downtown in the Edison Festival of Light

Dazzle Downtown in the Edison Festival of Light

 

FORT MYERS, FL — It’s that time again to cover yourself in glittering lights. The Edison Festival of Light has opened up applications for their Junior and Grand Parade on their website (www.edisonfestival.org). The 79th annual Grand Parade will sparkle through historic Downtown Fort Myers on Saturday, February 18th, 2017, with the Junior Parade five days before on February 12th, 2017. Whether you ride a horse, pull your wagon, or build a tinsel-covered float, we encourage everyone in our community to take part in this historic event.

The Edison Festival Grand Parade encompasses organizations, businesses, and neighborhoods who get creative to amble for an audience of over 200,000 people. This is a fun team-building opportunity! Get everyone in the office or your next door neighbors to help! The Festival prides itself on tradition and togetherness. Also, the Edison Festival appeals to a wide variety of demographics, which makes a perfect platform for the exposure of your organization to a captive audience.

For the Junior Parade, you don’t need to have a giant float. The Edison Festival of Light encourages schools, families, nonprofits, troops, and everyone in Southwest Florida to participate by offering several options to take part. Whether you’re part of a band, you want to walk with your favorite equine, or you have a giant balloon, the Edison Festival aims to incorporate everyone to get creative and shine.

Of course, the Edison Festival of Light wouldn’t be complete without, well, light. As homage to the famous inventor, the Edison Festival requires everyone in their Grand Parade to excite spectators by wearing some sort of illumination. Become a part of the action and join a parade route to illuminate, innovate, and celebrate! Visit our website and apply today!

Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.” The Edison Festival of Light, Inc. honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to mankind including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community by education and activities relating to Edison’s works and values.  Visit www.edisonfestival.org for more information and become a fan by following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/edisonfestival) and Twitter and Instagram (@edisonfestival). The Edison Festival of Light is a member of the Florida Festivals and Events Association and the International Festivals and Events Association.

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