Trailer Estates celebrates its 60th anniversary today with parade, festivities

MANATEE -- Trailer Estates Park & Recreation District, one of the area's oldest 55-plus communities, is celebrating its 60th anniversary Friday with a parade, lunch festivities, semiformal dinner and show.

The special recreation district, which includes 1,270 homes along U.S. 41 and Sarasota Bay, will celebrate with a Mardi Gras theme, masks and candy throwing during a parade expected to kick off near the office at 1903 69th Ave. W, according to Oay Salomon, an organizer of the festivities.

"It'll be 9:15 or 9:30 (a.m.), depending on how behaved they are," said Salomon, referring to participants in the parade, which is slated to include, among other things, firetrucks, floats, bikes, banjos and golf carts.

A float graced by Reva Lutz, who recently turned 100 years old, will be a highlight of the parade, said Salomon.

The parade is slated to conclude near the district's post office, with the second portion of the festivities beginning shortly thereafter.

There will be free hot dogs, games, music and socializing for residents, according to Salomon.

Starting at 5 p.m., organizers have slated a dinner for 440 people and a show featuring live entertainment, said Joe Salerno, a former trustee for the district.

"We're like a little city," he said.

There will be door prizes and a short history of the community given by John Vander Molen, he said.

Trailer Estates is a deed-restricted community where seniors can enjoy affordable lifestyles, according to the community's website at trailerestatesfl.org. To contact the office, call 941-756-7177.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter@sarawrites.