Dozens of high-speed boats continued making their way into Sarasota Friday morning, as the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival kicked into high gear.
More than 30 "super boats," which can travel up to 200 miles an hour, will be on display in Centennial Park through 5 p.m. Friday before they line up for the parade of boats on Main Street; daredevil Nick Wallenda, a Sarasota native, will be a Grand Marshal along with Capt. Edgar Hansen from the TV show "Deadliest Catch."
Lucy Nicandri, executive director of the festival, said the weekend isn't only about racing; the event has raised more than $14 million to build facilities that help children with special needs.
"Now that monies that are raised maintain those facilities so that program and service money can go straight to the clients," Nicandri said. "If there's a certain program that's falling short on funding, they can put a request into Suncoast Charities for Children and we'll help that agency out."
The boats will be on display in Centennial Park again Saturday. The two races will take place Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. off of Lido Beach.
For more information on the festival visit: http://www.suncoastoffshore.org/
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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