DeSoto Grand Parade

De Soto Heritage Festival goes out with a bang!

Who: 200,000 of your friends, neighbors, and customers!

With over 150 entries, the De Soto Grand Parade is the largest parade in Southwest Florida. Over 200,000 people lined the streets of Manatee to view the illuminated parade entries and catch a glimpse of our newly crowned Queen and Princess. Beads, coins and other fun items are tossed to the crowd throughout the night. The Parade steps off at 6:30pm from Manatee High School, so get there early to get the best possible view.

The De Soto 5k will immediately precede the illuminated Grand Parade. This unique race will give you the opportunity to run as thousands of spectators cheer you on. Please visit to register.


April 30, 2016 at 6:30pm – 9:30pm


Manatee High School through Downtown Bradenton
Bradenton, FL 34205
United States
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