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Wallenda at Parade of Boats

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Tightrope legend Nik Wallenda, 34, of Sarasota, answers questions during an news conference after walking over Hellhole Bend's Little Colorado River Navajo Tribal Park Sunday evening June 23, 2013. (June 23, 2013, Herald-Tribune Staff Photo by Thomas Bender)

Sarasota native and world-famous aerialist Nik Wallenda will be honored by his hometown following his globally-watched wirewalk over a portion of the Grand Canyon.

Just a  little differently than originally planned.

Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County, announced Tuesday (June 25) that Wallenda will "kick off" the  Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival Parade of Boats at 7 p.m. Friday, July 5.

"We are so grateful for (Suncoast Super Boat) to welcome our hometown hero," Haley said. "They were so happy to have him be involved."

The parade begins at U.S. 301 and proceeds down Main Street in Sarasota to Gulfstream Avenue.

A separate parade was originally proposed for Sunday to welcome home Wallenda but organizers opted to combine the two events.

Late Wednesday (June 27), Visit Sarasota County, which sponsored, in part, Wallenda’s training at Sarasota County’s Nathan Benderson Park, announced that "The Suncoast Charities for Children is dedicating this year’s 29th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival Parade of Boats in honor of Wallenda." He will be the parade’s Honorary Grand Marshal. Edgar Hansen of Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" will serve as the Grand Marshal.

"It is an honor for Suncoast Charities for Children to dedicate this year's parade in honor of Nik for his outstanding accomplishments, and for what he has done for the Sarasota area, known for its’ circus heritage," said festival director Lucy Nicandri, in a statement.

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Nik Wallenda will "kick off" the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival Parade of Boats at 7 p.m. Friday, July 5. The parade begins at U.S. 301 and proceeds down Main Street in Sarasota to Gulfstream Avenue.

Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013Wade Tatangelo has been an entertainment reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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