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Frequently Asked Questions


Where do I park?

There are 2 parking garages in downtown Fort Myers. The Main Street garage can be accessed from both Main and Second Streets. The Harborside garage can be accessed from Monroe or Bay streets. Street parking is very limited on event days because the streets are closed for the various events. On Grand Parade day many of the local churches and merchants charge a fee to park. The cost is reasonable. Be prepared to walk a few blocks. The downtown area is congested so no shuttle service is available.

How do I enter a float in one of the parades?

You will need to fill out an application on the applications page for the parade that you would like to participate in.

How does my child enter the Junior Parade?

Those who participate in the Junior Parade fall into several categories: amateur floats, civic association floats, scout floats, marching bands, wagons, strollers, trikes and bikes, walking groups, walking families & individuals, and commercial groups. If your family falls into one of these categories, fill out an Application on the applications page. This will qualify you and your family to participate in the Junior Parade.

How does my child enter the Junior Race?

Please fill out an application for the Junior Fun Run on our applications page. We will also have applications available at the race table on the day of the event.

Is the Festival the same thing as the Pageant?

No. In 1988 the name of the celebration was changed from the Edison Pageant of Light to the Edison Festival of Light. The Festival became an incorporated non-profit organization aimed at organizing the growing number of events. Now the Edison Festival of Light event coordination work goes on year round thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers.

Where’s the best place to sit to see the Grand Parade?

There are many great places to view the Grand Parade. While it is free to attend the event, you also have the opportunity to purchase reserved seating through our Street Seat ticket program, sold by local non-profit groups and set up all along the parade route. A list of participating organizations will be located here at the website under Tickets closer to the event. Otherwise, arrive early with your chairs and blankets and pick a great spot! A current parade map can be found on the parade's event page.

How much do events cost to attend?

All Edison Festival of LIght Events are FREE! We hope you come down, bring the family and enjoy!

What are "Street Seats"?

Street seats are folding chairs that line the parade route in the downtown area. They are sold by various non-profit organizations in the area as a fundraising effort. When you purchase a Street Seat you get a reserved, numbered seat that you can access anytime after 1:00 pm on the day of the Grand Parade. No need to arrive hours early to save a spot on the parade route or bring a chair. And, you will be supporting a local non-profit! Come early, enjoy the day downtown and your seat for the parade will be waiting for you! Check out the "Tickets" tab on our website to find out where to buy a Seat!

How can my business get involved?

There are various ways businesses can be involved in the Festival. From sponsorships to program ads to event participation, there is a way to be a part of the largest Festival in Southwest Florida that fits any budget. Call or email the office to get more information. 239-334-2999 or info@edisonfestival.org.

Any other questions you need answered?

Please email any inquiries to info@edisonfestival.org or call (239) 334-2999.
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