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Legion’s July 4th parade attracts large crowd

July 10, 2019
By ED FRANKS (efranks@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

Islanders began arriving along Stringfellow Road before 9 a.m. Thursday for the annual American Legion Fourth of July parade.

There were tents and lawn chairs along both sides of the street from the Winn-Dixie to the four-way stop at The Center and down to the Elks Club.

The parade started precisely at 10 a.m. with the Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Department and Lee County EMTs leading the way with sirens and horns blasting.

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VFW Commander Austin White (left) and American Legion Commander Bob Miner.

ED FRANKS

This year's grand marshall was Steve Hook, principal of Pine Island Elementary school.

"It's a great honor to be selected as grand marshall," Hook said.

"Once again we have a great day and more of everything this year," former American Legion Commander Tom Lewis said. "There's more floats, more motorcycles and more of everything. This parade always draws a large crowd."

"This is the 17th year that the American Legion has sponsored the parade," outgoing Commander Bob Miner said. "This holiday means a lot to me, and judging from the turnout, it means a lot to the people of Pine Island."

This year the parade included antique cars and floats from the island churches, businesses and chartable organizations. There were riding lawn mowers, bicycles and at the end of the parade, there were horses and small ponies.

The first place winner for best decorated float went to CW Fudge. The American Legion float was awarded second place and third place honors went to the VFW.

The nearly 1-hour parade wound down just before 11 a.m. as the last float turned left on Pine Island Road to the Fire House. Afterward , attendees went to the Pine Island Elks for hot dogs and hamburgers.

"This is always a great small town parade," Nell Stewart said. "We live in the Cape and try to get here every year for this parade. I love it because it's not too long end ends before it gets too hot."

"The American Legion is very proud to host this parade," Lewis said. "This is a great event where American citizens, families and children can come together and celebrate our freedoms and independence."

 
 

 

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