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

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 (

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 or call 239-334-2999. Become a fan by following us on Facebook ( 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 courtesy of the Edison Festival of Light


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