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Get Your Gecko On at Geckofest 2010!

Sixty-one newly-discovered species of geckos have been discovered in Manatee County. The six-foot, fiberglass sculptures have been uniquely decorated by local artists and displayed on buildings around the community.

Maps are available for the "gecko trail" at www.bradentongeckofest.org. In addition, a full slate of activities will culminate with an auction where you can adopt your favorite gecko.

Schedule of Events

Gecko Gala Preview - Friday, April 16, 5 - 8 pm. The geckos will be rounded up and available for preview on the Riverfront at the Promenade. There will a cocktail hour for sponsors, supporters and potential buyers for the geckos. Outside, in Rossi Park, a special screening of “Godzilla” at Reels on Rossi will be fun for the whole family. The film will begin at 8 pm.

Geckos On Parade - Saturday, April 24. Look for us in the Hernando DeSoto Society’s Grand Parade. The parade steps off at 6:30 pm and the parade route starts at Manatee High School, goes west on Ninth Avenue, north along 39th Street West to Manatee Avenue and then turns east toward Downtown Bradenton to Ninth Street West.

Geckofest Gala Dinner Auction - Saturday, May 1. Geckofest will culminate with a Gala Dinner and Live Auction at the Riverside Courtyard Marriott. Tickets $100 per person; check the website at www.bradentongeckofest.org for details.

Proceeds from GeckoFest 2010 go to benefit : ArtCenter Manatee, Manatee Co. Cultural Alliance, Village of the Arts, South Florida Museum, Manatee Co. Historical Commission, Manatee Players and Grants for Visual Arts programs for area schools.