Spotlight on Ft. Myers during Edison festival

Posted at 11:23 PM, Feb 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-20 23:23:21-05

An estimated crowd of 200,000 lined the parade route for the annual Edison Festival of Lights Parade.

There was music, crafts and food, but the big draw to the 78th annual Edison Festival of Lights Parade, was the parade itself.

"It's a family tradition, my kids have all been in the parade for years, and now we're just spectators this year," said Robin Hawkins.

Hawkins has been to every parade since 1966, and on Saturday she brought 2 kids and 8 grandkids.

"To me this is what Ft. Myers is all about, Thomas Edison is was a great citizen and we celebrate his life."

Meanwhile, Mary Edwards attended her first parade Saturday.  She says it was because someone special was marching.

"My son Justin is in the explorer program, he's got Spina Bifida and is in a wheel chair, so they have made him a part of their program."

There were 200 floats and 18 marching bands in Saturday's parade.