Press Release: Edison Festival of Light Announces Parades Broadcast Schedule

FORT MYERS, FL (March 1, 2016) Designed to “Illuminate.  Innovate.  Celebrate.” The Edison Festival of Light, Southwest Florida’s largest and longest running festival announces its broadcast schedule for their recent parades.


“The Edison Festival parades are great community events designed to involve various organizations and nonprofits and bring out the citizens of Southwest Florida to enjoy and commemorate the works of Thomas Edison,” said Kevin Anderson Board President. “This year’s parades had something for everyone and included new balloons and even traditional ones as Chico’s brought back their shopping bag balloon which was created for this event and not seen in over ten years.”


The Junior Parade will be broadcast on Sunday, March 5 from 7pm – 8pm and the Grand Parade of Light will be broadcast on Sunday, March 12 from 7pm – 9pm.  All broadcasts will be on MeTV, which can be found over the air on 26.2, on Comcast Cable 208, Century Link 8, and Marco Island Cable 7.


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 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.

Float Building 101

Over the years we have talked with many community members that want to build a float but do not know where to start. To assist you, we put together a resource page to help guide you through the process so you too can bring your ideas to fruition for one of the greatest traditions in Southwest Florida.

There is a wide variety of ways that you can put together your masterpiece and below are just some of the methods to do this. Do not forget to include a decorative army of lights on your entry if your goal is to be in the Grand Parade (it’s a requirement).

Float Supplies:

Video Resources:

Text Resources:
1. University of Maryland
2. Valley Decorating
3. WikiHow

The Edison Festival of Light, Inc. is no way involved with any of the mentioned organizations or individuals.

Feel free to comment below and share your float building experiences and recommendations with the community. We cannot wait to see your creative ideas brought to life in the streets of Fort Myers come February!

Junior Events Highlight Video

We hope that you had as much fun as we did during the 2015 Junior Events last month! This video includes moments from the Junior Fun Run, Parade and Coronation of the Junior King & Queen!

Thank you SO much to everyone that participated in the events and to those of you who came out to cheer everyone on.

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

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