Dunbar Easter Parade Founder Evelyn Sams Canady

Apr 14, 2017

This Sunday marks the Easter Holiday and here in Southwest Florida residents are gearing up for a long-held tradition in Fort Myers that today attracts tens of thousands of people:  The Dunbar Easter Parade.  This week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams pays homage to the legendary local who founded the parade 72 years ago.

Evelyn Sams Canady was an educator as well as an important civic and religious leader in the region.  She also helped found Dunbar High School and the Dr. Ella Piper Center. Her bio paints a picture of a passionate educator who’s lessons extended well beyond the classroom.

Amy Bennett Williams is a New-Press storyteller. Her columns appear every Thursday and Sunday. You can listen here most Friday mornings and online at wgcunews.org.  

This year’s Dunbar Easter Parade kicks off April 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the corner of Ford Ave. and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in downtown Fort Myers with a celebration immediately following near the Harborside Event Center.