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St. Patrick’s Day parade to be held March 16

By Staff | Mar 11, 2020

The 22nd Fort Myers Beach St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held March 16 on Estero Boulevard. The parade was moved up a day to the town council election on March 17.

Organizer and Fort Myers Beach Vice Mayor Ray Murphy, who founded the event, said the parade will kick off at Santini Plaza at 10 a.m. and will head down to the Church of the Ascension. The road will be closed off for that section beginning at 9:50 a.m.

“We start assembling down there between 8 and 9 o’clock,” Murphy said.

Community groups, politicians, political hopefuls and neighborhood associations will be participating. Some of the highlights include the Lee County Pipe and Drums group, as well as floats from Laguna Shores and Red Coconut RV Park, Murphy said.

In all, there will be 30 or more floats, Murphy said. “Think shrimp festival parade in green. Not quite as wild.”

This year, paraders will have to be more careful of the road construction. The contractors have agreed to stop construction during the morning to allow the parade to go through.

Murphy is asking participants not to throw beads or candy from the floats to avoid children running and getting injured on any construction-related equipment. Much of the equipment is expected to be roped off. “We don’t want anybody to get hurt,” Murphy said.

The Knights of Columbus will have food and drinks for sale, including corned beef.

“It’s a lot of fun. The participants have a great time. The spectators have a great time,” Murphy said. The timing works out well, with spring break bringing out a mix of youth and adults.

For those looking to participate in the parade, Murphy can be contacted at 239-591-8803 or by emailing Raymurphy870@gmail.com.