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As is tradition, dragon heads and tails gilded each boat at the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival, held at Nathan Benderson Park on Saturday.

Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival a hit at Benderson Park

Saturday, Jul. 10, 2021 |

As is tradition, dragon heads and tails gilded each boat at the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival, held at Nathan Benderson Park on Saturday.

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Carla Cwiertnia and JoAnn Moore, Lakewood Ranch residents, row for Survivors in Sync. They competed at the 2021 Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival. While Moore is a veteran, Saturday's festival was Cwiertnia's first race.

Saturday, Jul. 10, 2021 |

Carla Cwiertnia and JoAnn Moore, Lakewood Ranch residents, row for Survivors in Sync. They competed at the 2021 Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival. While Moore is a veteran, Saturday's festival was Cwiertnia's first race.

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The Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival's athlete village sprawled across Nathan Benderson Park's Regatta Island on Saturday.

Saturday, Jul. 10, 2021 |

The Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival's athlete village sprawled across Nathan Benderson Park's Regatta Island on Saturday.

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Sarasota's Survivors in Sync 200-meter dragon boat team stretches before a race at the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday at Nathan Benderson Park.

Saturday, Jul. 10, 2021 |

Sarasota's Survivors in Sync 200-meter dragon boat team stretches before a race at the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday at Nathan Benderson Park.

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A few fans decided to get a view from the Nathan Benderson Park finish tower at the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival.

Saturday, Jul. 10, 2021 |

A few fans decided to get a view from the Nathan Benderson Park finish tower at the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival.

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Sarasota's Survivors in Sync 200-meter dragon boat team paddled to a win against the Warriors on Water on Saturday.

Saturday, Jul. 10, 2021 |

Sarasota's Survivors in Sync 200-meter dragon boat team paddled to a win against the Warriors on Water on Saturday.

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Sarasota's Survivors in Sync 200-meter dragon boat team paddled to a win against the Warriors on Water on Saturday.

Saturday, Jul. 10, 2021 |

Sarasota's Survivors in Sync 200-meter dragon boat team paddled to a win against the Warriors on Water on Saturday.

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Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival participants held flowers aloft as part of a ceremony honoring paddlers diagnosed with breast cancer. The flowers were then tossed into the water.

Saturday, Jul. 10, 2021 |

Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival participants held flowers aloft as part of a ceremony honoring paddlers diagnosed with breast cancer. The flowers were then tossed into the water.

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Flowers floated on the water at Nathan Benderson Park following a ceremony at the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival that honored paddlers diagnosed with breast cancer.

Saturday, Jul. 10, 2021 |

Flowers floated on the water at Nathan Benderson Park following a ceremony at the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival that honored paddlers diagnosed with breast cancer.

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The NBP Dragons 200-meter team competes at the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival. The Dragons compete in both the Sport and Community divisions.

Saturday, Jul. 10, 2021 |

The NBP Dragons 200-meter team competes at the Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival. The Dragons compete in both the Sport and Community divisions.

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Audrey Bilotti and Abby Wolf row for the NBP Dragons community team. Both Bilotti and Wolf said they missed getting together in large groups to go paddling during the pandemic. Saturday's festival brought the magic back.

Saturday, Jul. 10, 2021 |

Audrey Bilotti and Abby Wolf row for the NBP Dragons community team. Both Bilotti and Wolf said they missed getting together in large groups to go paddling during the pandemic. Saturday's festival brought the magic back.

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