February 3 – Sun N Fun’s Answer to the Macy’s and Rose Bowl Parades

Each year Sun N Fun, our winter campground in Sarasota, schedules a "Homecoming Parade" in early February.  Groups (i.e., the PIckleballers, Tennis Players, Theater Players, Woodshop, Veterans, etc;) and even individuals get together and decide on a theme … as corporations and cities do for major national parades in which they participate.  As golf carts are the most popular mode of transportaiton around Sun N Fun, they are often decorated and become the centerpieces of group "floats".

In the past, we've missed this event so made a point of sitting accross from the park's Lake Ibis

along the parade route … and by invitation at the home of one of the women I (just one of two men) walks with several mornings a week

Our lovely host, Linda

Many of the people whose homes border the route don't just ask you to bring a chair to sit in, they put out an incredible spread; fruit, meatballs, chicken tenders, chips & crackers, salsa, hummis, desserts, water, soft drinks and even burbon!

The parade was, as usual, lead by a color guard of U.S. and Canadian veterans.

followed by another groupd of vets carrying Old Glory.

Just a few of the groups and individuals …

Korean and World War II Veterans

Vietnam Veterans

A League of their Own

There's no crying in baseball!

The Wizard of Oz

A horse of a different color

The Woodworking Group

These woodwokers turn out some incredibly amazing products

Pickleball Players – 101 Dalmations


Model Sailboat Racing Club

My Fair Lady

Tennis Players – Cleopatra


The parade was great to watch and it was obvious that the several hundred participants had spent a great deal of time and had  a lot of fun preparing for their "big day" along Lake Drive.  we will be sure to take it in again next year!

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