There is no better place for a family to enjoy spring break than on Anna Maria Island. Many vacation rental companies can accommodate groups of any size and of any ages. The activities offered by the island also accommodate people of all ages.
March 15 was a peak day for Spring Break, 2009, the dates of which vary a little from school to school, but usually they fall somewhere in the first two thirds of the month. The fact that Anna Maria Island is a perfect place for a family spring break was very obvious on the 15th, when people of all ages gathered to watch a St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Sponsored by the Beach Bistro, the parade started at the corner of Gulf and Marina Drives in central Holmes Beach. It proceeded up Marina Drive and Palm Drive to 81st Street, where it ended. The streets were lined with people of all ages: tiny children, teenagers, young adults, “Boomers,” and the elderly.
Participants in the parade also were of all ages. The Grand Marshall was John Castelli, a World War II veteran who served with Patton in Europe. A contingent of gray-haired people on bicycles from the vacation rental and resort Playa Encantada rode in the parade. Also showing some gray hair were the Privateers on their pirate ship float. Two high school marching bands were very impressive, as was the Dunedin bagpipe band.
Standing and sitting along the parade route, families on spring break enjoyed the camaraderie of this activity. It added variety to their day, which probably also included some beach time and perhaps a visit to the Springfest art festival near Holmes Beach city hall. Bicycle riding also seemed to be a favorite family activity on this beautiful weekend.
Speaking of variety, a highlight of the parade was Judy, the beautiful elephant. It is sad that this family oriented creature was not with her own family but she did have plenty of company, and plenty of admirers.
Spring break does not have to be a time the family is apart. Family gatherings on Anna Maria Island are a way to keep the family close. The Old Florida setting may help to instill a sense of tradition for young members of the family, and may bring back nice memories for older members of the family. And the relaxed, tropical setting is the perfect place for all members of the family to enjoy themselves.