SARASOTA, Florida - He is considered Sarasota's hometown hero, so it's no surprise that hundreds of people turned out for a massive watch party to see Nik Wallenda cross the Little Colorado River Gorge.

Unlike other similar feats, the 34-year-old daredevil tightroped across a 2-inch-thick steel cable, 1,500 feet above the river on the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon with no harness.

Circus Sarasota and Mattison's City Grille held a watch and street party on Lemon Ave. and Main Street in downtown Sarasota.

Before the Skywire walk, guests were treated to performances by Circus Sarasota, a kids-style tightrope, and clowns.

As Wallenda crossed the tightrope, the crowds that watched on a giant screen via Discovery Channel seesawed from excitement to fright when the winds started to pickup and he started to struggle.

He completed the mission in 22 minutes and 54 seconds.

Sunday's stunt comes a year after he traversed Niagara Falls, earning a seventh Guinness world record, and five months after he walked across US 41 at Bayfront from a crane to the Marina Tower Condominiums in Sarasota without a harness.

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