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Vol 5 No. 25 - March 9, 2005

Heritage Day a great hometown celebration


Heritage Day bike parade winners.

By Pat Copeland
sun staff writer

ANNA MARIA — They came from Cortez to Cape Cod and everywhere in between to enjoy the beautiful day and celebrate the Island’s history at Island Heritage Day held Saturday on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.

"It was a wonderful turnout and everybody was in good spirits," Carolyne Norwood, executive director of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, said. "The parades were fantastic. The general store was big hit."

Many people remarked how they loved the refreshing, hometown atmosphere of the event with its bike and pet parades, vendors with affordable prices and exceptional music.
Hundreds of people came to see the restored Belle Haven General Store, which had its grand opening at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting.

One of the day’s highlights was the pet parade with dogs of every size and breed, bunny rabbits and turtles, most dressed in costumes. One crowd favorite of the 55 entries was Elvis the Energizer Pug, owned by Paula Crider, of Bradenton. Elvis won the best costume award, paws down. Prizes for the contest were furnished by the Paw Spa in Holmes Beach.

The decorated bicycle parade had 40 entrants from youths to seniors. Prizes were furnished by Mama Lo by the Sea.


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