Grand Parade Awards

The following participants won awards for their Grand Parade entries:

First Place Awards:
Bayshore Elementary
DR Horton
Florida Weekly
Galloway Family of Dealerships
Littleton Elementary
Miniature Horses
North Fort Myers Acedmy for the Arts
Salty Sams Pirate Cruise
Wells Fargo Stagecoach
Whispering Pines Clydesdales & Carriage

Honorable Mention Awards:
Dixie Roadhouse
Florida Forestry Service
Florida Power & Light Commercial Float
FPL 1925 Mack Truck
FPL Hybrid Bucket Truck
Florida Southwestern University
Hodges University
LCEC Service Truck
North Fort Myers High School float
Rheem Team
San Carlos Park Elementary
Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair
Southwest Florida Living Historians Military Vehicles
Southwest Florida Youth Bowling Association
Swamp Buggy Races

Saturday’s Parking & Road Closures

It is recommended that you plan ahead for parking since you will more than likely encounter some road closures. We have been told that the Fort Myers Police Department will begin closing streets in the Downtown area around 3pm or before hand if the City of Palms parking garage fills to capacity earlier.

Handicap Parking
Handicap parking will be available in the post office lot on Edwards and Monroe and the County Lot on Monroe until they are full.

Trolley Service
There will be trolley services to the downtown area (by LeeTran) on Saturday, which you can view below.
Downtown Trolley - Edison Festival

Road Closures
2015 Road Closures

To view a full listing of the road closures, visit the Fort Myers Police Department website.

2015 Junior Parade Awards

First and foremost, we would like to thank all of the different organizations that participated in the Junior Parade this past Sunday! Everyone did such an amazing job and made this one of the greatest Junior Parades ever! Following the parade, awards were handed out at Harborside Event Center. The following participants were recognized:

Honorable Mention: Endless Trails Stables
Second Place: Bertrands Miniature Horses

First Place: Whispering Pines Clydesdales

SECTION A: Walking, Non-Performing
Honorable Mention: A Weinerful Birthday Wish Weiner Dog Derby, Shell Factory
Weiner Dogs Shell Factory

Honorable Mention: Red Headed Witches

Honorable Mention: Belinda the Master Stylist & the Anointed Ones
Belinda the Master Stylist

Honorable Mention: Two Happy Hands
Honorable Mention: Renaissance Montessori Shines A Light

Second Place: Tri-County Challenger Baseball

First Place: Littleton Festival of Music
Littleton Festival of Music

SECTION AA: Walking, Performing
Honorable Mention: Edison Park Elementary Drum Group
Second Place: Family Music Time Rockin’ With Edison
Family Music Time

First Place: Maranatha Dance Shine Your Light

SECTION B: Walking, Families & Individuals
Honorable Mention: Sandlin Family

Second Place: Evangelical Christian School

First Place: March to the Beat of Your Own Drum
March to the Beat

SECTION C: Strollers
Honorable Mention: Sweet On Music: Jordan & Watkins Families

Second Place: Sayler In Edisonia, Greenberg Family

First Place: Ya Ba Dabba Do, Neubert & Underhill Families
Ya Ba Dabba

Honorable Mention: My Heart Belongs to Edison, Klebart Family
Second Place: Fractal Time / Frozen inspired castle, Kuykendall Family

First Place: GPS To Edisonia, Wright Family
GPS to Edisonia

First Place: Bright Beginnings
Bright Beginnings

First Place: Entertaining Mr. Edison

SECTION F: Amateur Floats, Manually Pulled
(three way tie)
First Place: You Light Up My World Mr. Edison, Himschoot Family
First Place: Launching Great Ideas In Edisonia, Young Family

First Place: Painting the Spectrum of Invention, Spring & Johnston Families

SECTION G: Scout Floats
Girl Scouts Troop 673
Boy Scouts Troop 34

SECTION H: Amateur Floats, Motorized
First Place: Long, LeBoutillier, Workman Families

SECTION J: Civic Association Floats
Honorable Mention: American Red Cross
American Red Cross

Honorable Mention: Lee County 4-H

Honorable Mention: 5 Star Christian Ministries
Honorable Mention: Bowling

Second Place: Mount Olive AME Church
First Place: St. Michael Lutheren Church & School

(Two-way tie)
Bayshore Cloggers

Littleton Lariats & Lace

San Carlos Elementary

9/11 Never Forget Mobile Museum comes to Southwest Florida

9/11 Exhibit

On Thursday, February 19 the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will be located at the Sam Galloway Ford Dealership on Boy Scout Road. Visitors can tour for free. Galloway was instrumental in partnering with the Edison Festival of Light to bring the exhibit to Southwest Florida. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Edison Festival will honor America’s Bravest on a special tribute float, featuring local veteran Corey Kent, at the Grand Parade on Saturday night.

ABOUT the 9/11 Never Forget Mobil Exhibit The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the memory of Stephen, a New York City ­firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.

The mobile exhibit as a tribute to those who sacrificed on September 11, 2001. The 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit is aimed at educating all ages about the historic events of that day. The high-tech, 53-foot tractor- trailer, which unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit, serves as a poignant reminder of that tragic day.

The memorial provides interactive education; including artifacts such as steel beams from the towers, documentary videos, recordings of fi­rst responder radio transmissions and live tours by FDNY ­firefighters. Entrance into the exhibit is always free of charge.

Hi Res Photo #5

Hi Res Photo #4

Hi Res Photo #2

Thursday, Feb. 19 – Sam Galloway Ford – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 20 – Harborside Event Center – 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
Saturday, Feb. 21 – Harborside Event Center – Noon – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 22 – Harborside Event Center – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Quick Facts:
1. 53-foot tractor trailer
2. 1,000 square foot exhibit that travels the country
3. Artifacts such as steel beams from the towers, first responder radio transmissions, fire truck parts, photos, video
4. Personal stories and live tours by FDNY firefighters who were there
5. Honors the sacrifices of those who serve their country today along with first responders
6. Not everyone can visit Ground Zero, hear the story of that day
7. It was an event that changed the world
8. Ideal for young kids who weren’t aware of what happened that day



Join us for STEMtastic Day of Discovery on Saturday

We have partnered with the Foundation For Lee County Public Schools to present STEMtastic Day of Discovery which is taking place at Harborside Event Center on Saturday, February 14th from 10am to 3pm.

There will be more than 100 different STEM related exhibits indoors alone–including robots and green screen demonstrations! Outside there will be large displays like the Mote Aquarium, emergency vehicles and FPL’s Safety City.

We invite you and your family to join us for FREE! Prizes will be awarded throughout the day as kids explore the different activities and get their STEM passports signed.

STEMtastic Performance Schedule

STEMtastic map 2015

Parking information is available here.

Junior Parade Registration

In person registration will be taking place Thursday – February 5th from 10am to 4pm, Friday – February 6th from 10 to 4pm, and Saturday – February 7th from 10am to 2pm.

Junior Parade Coordinator, Diane Maddox, will be available to address any questions that you may have for the registration process.

As a reminder, the meeting for the Junior Parade is being held on Thursday, February 12th at City Gate Church (1735 Jackson Street), 7pm. Each group must have one representative at the meeting to receive your position in the parade lineup and to be aware of important safety measures.