New Bradenton Mayor Gene Brown Talks About Approval of the DeSoto Parade taking place this Saturday night. The Mayor also discusses all things Bradenton.
Mask use will be encouraged where social distancing cannot be maintained along the parade route.
The DeSoto Parade is one of Florida’s largest parades, most say it's the 2nd largest in entrants and spectators (after the Gasparilla Parade in Tampa).The DeSoto Grande Parade typically has more than 150 entries. It also usually draws an estimated 100,000 spectators.
This year, the parade will honor healthcare workers that forged through the COVID-19 pandemic with a special theme: “A Salute to Our Healthcare Heroes.”
“The parade will also feature a large contingent of veterans from our nation’s military,”.
The De Soto Grand Parade will follow its usual route starting at Manatee High School and then traveling to Manatee Avenue, through downtown Bradenton and ending at Ninth Street West in downtown Bradenton.
The Bradenton City council approved a permit for the parade earlier this year. However, this final approval was dependent on how the pandemic was progressing. Bradenton City officials decided they were comfortable to proceed with the new safety measures.
DeSoto Grande Parade Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24th.
Bradenton Mayor Gene Brown joins Maverick and Lulu exclusively to discuss the approval of the DeSoto Parade, this Saturday Night. The Parade was canceled last year, due to COVID-19. The Mayor talks about the long history of the Parade, which is now the 2nd largest Parade in the State of Florida. They also ask the new Mayor about all things Bradenton, including the expansion of the very popular Riverwalk.
Listen to The Mayor here.