FORT MYERS, Fla.- Fort Myers streets were flooded with spectators on Saturday night for the 73rd Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade.
Event organizers say good weather made for a great turnout this year. An estimated 200,000 people were in attendance. Bleacher seats were available for small donation to local non-profits, but most people took in the sights and sounds of the parade from lawn chairs lining U.S. 41 and downtown Fort Myers.
Saturday marked the second time the parade route was actually flip-flopped from traditional. Originally, the parade started downtown and made its way to conclude at Fort Myers High School. This year the formation of floats started at the school's stadium, and ended in the heart of downtown.
A total of 35 floats entered into this year's parade. Along with that, a number of local marching bands and groups took the parade route by foot.
Several road closures went into effect around 5pm to accommodate the parade route. Closed roads were expected to reopen at the conclusion of the parade, around 10pm on Saturday.