For the 79th year, the Edison Festival of Light, the Grand Parade of Light, filled the streets of downtown Fort Myers ablaze with floats, marching bands, fireworks and pageantry.

Fort Myers Pest Control participated in the event for the first time this year to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The local pest control company made a grand entrance with their massive “Jerry” balloon, one of the four “giant balloons” featured in the parade this year.

Several volunteers assisted Fort Myers Pest Control as the balloon made its way through the downtown Fort Myers river district including Boy Scout Troop 720 of Lehigh Acres. All volunteers wore custom made “Got Bugs?” shirts.

“The Edison Festival parades are great community events designed to involve various organizations and nonprofits and bring out the citizens of Southwest Florida to enjoy and commemorate the works of Thomas Edison,” said Kevin Anderson Board President. “This year’s parades had something for everyone and included new balloons [and traditional balloons.”

Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.”, the Edison Festival of Light, Inc. honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to mankind including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community by education and activities relating to Edison’s works and values.