Thousands gather for DeSoto Heritage Grand Parade

April 27, 2013 

— Under warm and clear skies, a crowd estimated at 20,000 lined downtown Bradenton streets for the 2013 De Soto Heritage Grand Parade Saturday.

As they have for three quarters of a century, children clamored for beads, candy and attention from those riding the colorful floats.

The event kicked off with a DeSoto 5K Run which was won by 17-year-old Bayshore High School student athlete Canaan Meester-Kitterman in a time of 15:46.7.

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