PHOTO GALLERY: Crowds flock to Fort Myers River District for Edison Festival of Light events

Linda Floyd dances with the Calendar Girls, Inc. during the 73rd Annual Edison Festival of Light held in downtown Fort Myers on Saturday. The group is a not-for-profit charitable organization that raises money for Paws for Patriots. Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News

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Linda Floyd dances with the Calendar Girls, Inc. during the 73rd Annual Edison Festival of Light held in downtown Fort Myers on Saturday. The group is a not-for-profit charitable organization that raises money for Paws for Patriots. Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News

— The River District teemed with patrons during the 73rd Annual Edison Festival of Light on Saturday, Feb. 19 in downtown Fort Myers.

The festival featured arts, crafts and a live stage with a myriad of entertainment. The highlight of the day was the Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade which began at the Fort Myers High School and ran to the River District downtown.

“I think this event is great,” exclaimed Bonita Springs artist Jan Taylor, “It brings a lot of people to downtown, and downtown Fort Myers is great.”

The annual event will conclude Sunday with the Edison Festival of Light Classic Car Show.

The first festival, The Edison Pageant of Light, began in 1938 to commemorate the life of Thomas Alva Edison who had his winter home in Fort Myers for 50 years.

The event began as a three-day celebration and as has evolved into a three-week celebration. It honors Edison while showcasing local businesses and attractions in Southwest Florida.

For more information, go online to edisonfestival.org, e-mail info@edisonfestival.org or call (239) 334-2999.

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