Colorful parade celebrates 60th anniversary at Manatee County senior community

MANATEE -- Kazoos, banjos, majorettes, balloons, beads and candy greeted onlookers Friday at a parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of Trailer Estates Park and Recreation District.

The parade, led by a fire engine, included wildly decorated golf carts, people dressed in glittery Mummer's costumes and those on bicycles bearing streamers and balloons.

"It's the most golf carts I've ever seen in one place," said Bill Kline, 57, a guest visiting the area from Columbus, Ohio, who was among the spectators.

He and his companion, retiree Roberta Wilson, 64, a snowbird from Gallipolis, Ohio, planned to go to all the festivities in honor of the anniversary, they said.

That included free hotdogs, games, music and socializing with residents after the parade, and a semi-formal dinner and show featuring live entertainment slated for Friday evening.

Trailer Estates is among the area's oldest 55-plus communities.

The special recreation district, which includes 1,270 homes at 1903 69th Ave. W., is near U.S. 41 at Sarasota Bay.

Many of the fancy costumes in the parade were supplied by Smokey Chandler, 69, who said he had bought them second-hand.

He and his wife, Dianne Chandler, 72, reside in Palmetto, but said they have many friends at Trailer Estates and attend social events there often.

Parade organizer Oay Salomon said she was thrilled with the turnout.

"We are a fun-loving group," she said.