Gallery: July 22, 2013: Festival of Boats Parade dazzles

ttompkins@bradenton.comJuly 22, 2013 

Nik Wallenda waving to the crowds among $1 million boats and children riding unicycles.

It was a colorful, noisy extravaganza of the senses as the annual Festival of Boats Parade jangled down Sarasota's Main Street.

Inspired by the hoopla, a group of small children on the sidewalk tried out their tumbling skills -- with some success.

And behind a line of spectators, two small girls holding hands giggled as they leapt into a huge puddle.

As the last few floats made their way past, the street cleared and there was one more entertaining sight:

Kira, a bright-eyed dog bedecked in beads, tentatively licked a lollipop.

Can't beat that.

Until next time.

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