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Updated: 08/30/2017 08:30:00AM

61st annual Englewood Pioneer Days Parade and Festival

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The Family Bowling Tournament is a Pioneer Days event that was brought back this year after some years away.


PHOTO BY SARAH GARCIA

The Sno Queen made a special treat just for this year’s Beach Party Englewood theme. It’s called Pioneer Punch and it’s made with pineapple, cranberry and coconut.

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One of the most popular events of the Englewood Pioneer Days is always the Cardboard Boat Race.

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The 61st Annual Pioneer Days Parade will take place on Labor Day, Sept. 4. The route will be reversed from what it's been in the last several years.

By DEBBIE FLESSNER

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It’s time for the annual festival that celebrates the history of a town and the pride of a community.

The Englewood Pioneer Days Parade and Festival was started in 1956 by Jo Cortes with the intention of helping local businesses during the slow, hot summer. The parade route has changed a few times over the years, but is now the longest-running parade in the state of Florida.

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