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First Sarasota DeSoto Pageant

Photos: Sarasota History

Credit: Sarasota County History Center

Sarasota History - First Sarasota DeSoto Pageant photo

The first King and Queen of the annual Sara DeSoto Pageant in 1916. This annual event was devised as a way to entice investors and people wanting to purchase Real Estate in Sarasota. It was successful and the event drew thousands each year to enjoy the festivities.

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