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City of Fort Myers: Expect "significant security presence" at Edison Festival of Light Parade

Posted at 11:12 PM, Feb 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-16 23:13:41-05

FORT MYERS, Fla., - The Edison Festival of Light is gearing up to for its 80th year celebration Saturday night.

But not without giving careful thought to safety.

A parade volunteer says he’s concerned about the event because of the huge crowd it draws and in light of recent tragic events in public places.

“I have concerns cause you never know if some crazy person is out there,” said Christopher Cowles, a parade volunteer for the last 10 years. 

More than 100,000 people are expected to be in downtown Fort Myers for the historic parade celebrating Thomas Edison’s life and accomplishments. The parade kicks off at 7pm Saturday from Fort Myers High to Downtown Fort Myers.

Fort Myers Police say plan to see a lot of officers in uniform for the event.

“The safety and security of our citizens is our utmost concern. Many scenarios are taken into consideration by the FMPD when preparing for an event of this scale. Attendees can expect a significant security presence as planned for the Edison Grand Parade and related events this weekend.” said a City of Fort Myers spokesperson. 

“It gives me peace of mind that it’s going to be safe and if something happens, they're going to be on top of it right away,” Cowles said.

Cowles reminds people to report suspicious activity to law enforcement.