By Cindy Lane
SUN PHOTO/CINDY LANE
Emme Cate Beckman uses her own special set of binoculars
to see the crowd watching the Fourth of July parade.
Emme was riding on the Feely familys reunion
sun staff writer
A bright blue sky. Puffy white clouds. Red pirate bandannas.
It was another grand Fourth of July on Anna Maria Island,
with everyone from pirates to kids to the family dog all
dressed up in their red, white and blues.
With plans to hit the beaches and watch the rockets
red glare of the Space Shuttle Discovery liftoff and the
Sandbar fireworks later in the day, families biked, walked
and trolleyed to Gulf Drive on Tuesday morning to catch
beads, candy, and a glimpse of their friends on floats.
After the Island-long parade ended on Pine Avenue in Anna
Maria, the Privateers and many of the float participants
retired to the Sandbar restaurant for more festivities,
including a reunion of torchbearers who carried the 1996
summer Olympic Games flame through Manatee County on its
way to Atlanta.
The Privateers also honored 10 scholarship winners who rode
in the parade:
Erica Hoggatt, $3,000 Whitey Horton scholarship; Kimberly
Kuizon, $1,500 Dick "Red Dog" Cline scholarship;
Austin Eason, $1,500 Greg "Shiprek" Davidson scholarship;
Brittany Brookes, $1,000 Bridget Miller scholarship; sister
and brother Deanna Stephenson and Brian Stephenson, $1,000
each; Elise Mundy, $500 Sandpiper scholarship; Nikki Donato,
$500; Devon Glynn,$500; and Nicki Mauriello, $500.
The celebrations continued into the afternoon as the Discovery
(or an airplane that looked like it) was spotted from the
beaches on its way to outer space.
With the afternoon rains waiting until late in the day to
cool things off for the fireworks, no one could have asked
for a better 230th anniversary.