■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE
The Bike Path Parade and Spring Fair are only one week away – Saturday, March 25.
“The Magic of Movies” is this year’s theme, and Boca Grande will be transformed into a mini-Hollywood. If you haven’t already registered your golf cart, bicycle, wagon, or scooter for the parade, look for flyers at locations around town and sign up soon. You can also sign up at the Lee County Parks and Recreation office in the Boca Grande Community Center.
Pre-registration ends March 22, but you can register up until the bike parade begins on March 25 by coming early and stopping by the beginning of the parade route at 5th Avenue and Gasparilla Road (in front of the Gasparilla Inn & Club on the Bike Path). Use your imagination and decorate your vehicle to recreate your favorite film.
Floats will assemble at 9:50 a.m. at 5th Street, and the parade will begin at 10:30 a.m., led by the Lemon Bay High School band and ROTC unit. The parade route will follow the Bike Path to the Community Center, where the “Oscar” ceremony will take place at noon. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Families/Groups, Children, Businesses, and Nonprofit Organizations. Remember, no gas-powered carts (or cars, trucks, etc.) are allowed in the parade.
Following the parade, the Boca Grande Woman’s Club will sponsor their annual Spring Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Boca Grande Community Center. The fair will feature carnival games, a Cake Walk, free sno-cones and popcorn, face painters, pony rides, a balloon artist, a juggler, a caricaturist, and the Shark Tooth Man. Other cast members will be the Boca Grande Fire Department and Suncoast Humane Society.
The concessions team will be grilling hotdogs and hamburgers, and the “Bake & Take” ladies will sell homemade casseroles, soups, breads and sweet treats. One attraction sure to be a big hit is the Dunk Tank. Warm up your pitching arm so you can dunk some of our local celebrities!
Starring in our “Under the Sea” event are Fire Chief C.W. Blosser, J.T. Tremain and Jean Thompson of The Island School, Reverend Matthew Williams of the Boca Grande United Methodist Church, Woman’s Club President Angela Steffan, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wesley Locke, local celebrity Marshall Locke and perhaps another mystery movie mogul. For more information on the Bike Path Parade, call Joe Wier at Lee County Park and Rec. Dept., 964-2564.