Since 1939. Manatee County’s premier celebration – the De Soto Heritage Festival by the Hernando de Soto Historical Society – kicks of the last weekend of March with the Children's Parade. The events take place over the next 4 weeks. Check the website for dates and locations of the individual events. Palmetto at the Children’s Parade and Party in the Park. Watch as children from all over Manatee County show off the floats they have made, their cheerleading skills, and school spirit voices as they march in the parade and then have fun at the Party in the Park. Saturday the Crewe of De Soto will help with one of the largest Easter Egg Hunt events at G.T Bray Park in Bradenton. Easter Sunday join the conquistadors for an Easter Sunrise Service at the Mosaic Ampitheater on the River Walk. The excitement continues with the ever popular and entertaining Bottle Boat Regatta at the Palma Sola Causeway. Ride the waves of excitement, grab your sunscreen, beach blanket and join the fun in the Sun. Guests from our sister city Barcarrota, Spain and throughout the United States join us at this premier social event of the year! To conclude our Festival the De Soto 5K Run precedes the illuminated Grand Parade. This Grand Finale to our Heritage Festival month is a must attend event for the entire family. The De Soto Grand parade is one of the largest and certainly one of the most spectacular illuminated parades in the State of Florida. We are looking forward to the community joining the Hernando de Soto Historical Society and the Conquistador Historical Foundation.