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A weekend event planned in the South Cape will mark the 60th anniversary of the purchase and development of what would one day become the city Cape Coral.

Organized by the South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Associations, the Celebrate Cape Coral Night Parade will take place on Saturday starting at 7 p.m. Calories apple cider vinegar along Southeast 47th Terrace. Calories apple fritter Donna Meola, executive director, explained that the parade route will travel west from 15th Avenue to Eighth Court.

In 1957, Leonard and Jack Rosen purchased the land for $678,000 and began digging the canals.

Meola noted that the parade was once held annually to celebrate the Cape’s beginnings.

Calories in 1 2 apple The Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral, the last entity to organize it, probably hosted the last parade in 2005.

“Once we found out it was the 60th anniversary, we came together very quickly to put together the parade,” she said, adding that SCHEA received the chamber’s approval to revitalize the event.

“The reason we brought it back after so many years is because it’s the 60th anniversary of the purchase of Cape Coral by the Rosen brothers,” Meola said.

Where: On Southeast 47th Terrace, from Southeast 15th Avenue to Southeast Eighth Court

On Saturday, attendees will be treated to an array of lit-up floats, clowns, horses and more.

There will be the regular participants, like the fire and police departments and local dignitaries, and more. Calories in 1 apple The German American Social Club will have an Oktoberfest beer garden float and the American Red Cross’ float will celebrate its 100th birthday, with Gulf Coast Baptist Church also participating.

Meola said Fuccillo Kia of Cape Coral will showcase a Kia Soul with the Kia hamsters.

“We also have a carriage being pulled by Clydesdales, involving 10 Cape Coral pioneer family members,” she said.

Meola noted that the community response to the event’s revival has been amazing.

“We worked hard getting the word out,” she said. Calories in 1 green apple “To let people know we’re doing it again.

The grand marshal for the parade is Paul Sanborn, the city’s official historian.

“When the board met, we had brought up a couple of names,” Meola said.

Sanborn worked for the Rosen brothers, serving as the assistant to the managing director for Gulf American Land Corporation – developer of the Cape – in 1962. Calories in a granny smith apple In 13 years, he managed the yacht and country club and he served as the director of industrial development and community relations.

She noted he was instrumental in building the first school and the first hospital in the Cape.

After leaving Gulf American, Sanborn entered the banking profession at Cape Coral Bank, the only bank in the city at the time. Calories in a green apple He also worked for several other local banks, before retiring in 1993.

Sanborn is a past president of the Rotary Club of Cape Coral, a past president of the Cape Coral Historical Society Museum board of directors and a past president of the Chamber of Commerce. Calories in a small apple He served on the Lee County Mosquito Control Board and was named the Citizen of the Year twice.

“He really is Mr. Calories in an apple Cape Coral,” Meola said, noting that Sanborn was their first pick.

On Thursday, Sanborn explained that he has participated in parades before.

“But this is a highlight because we’re recognizing the early days of Cape Coral,” he said.

“I am highly honored to be named grand marshal,” Sanborn added.

Asked about bringing back the annual event, he voiced support for the plan.

“We used to have night parades and they were very well accepted,” he added.

According to Meola, the parade is expected to last one to two hours.

“The parade is all we’re doing this year,” she said. Calories in an apple fritter “We have to grow this as an annual event.”

Organizers, however, are expecting to see the celebration evolve down the road.

“It is our plan to put it together every year and maybe grow it to a two-day event,” Meola said.

Attendees are invited to have dinner beforehand or celebrate afterward at nearby venues.

“We’re hoping to get at least 5,000 people into the South Cape,” she said.

Free parking will be available in the city lots at Club Square, Big John’s plaza and across from Vineyard Community Church along Southeast 47th Terrace; there is no admission to attend.

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