What’s a party without a parade? Great question, and one that I was happy to answer on Day 5 of Tall Ships 2012.
Tall Ships events end with a grand sail-past better known as the Parade of Sail, which is often one of a few chances to see the ships with their sails on full display. I was lucky enough to have a front-row seat for the occasion thanks to the organizers of this year’s festival. Honestly, I can’t recommend it enough: get a friend with a boat.
The parade started with our favourite tugboat, Theodore Tugboat, who led the ships around the Big Harbour and out to sea.
Without further adieu, the 2012 Parade of Sail:
We changed position and ended up right in front of Georges Island, where we got a great view of the gun emplacements I saw from the other side the previous day.
The US Coast Guard Eagle provided some drama with sailors hanging off of the nets.
A bit of race broke out, and the Pride of Baltimore overtook the Larinda.
Finally, the Roseway brought up the rear and we bade farewell to the Tall Ships for another year.
The Tall Ships party doesn’t end here. After the Parade of Sail, the ships set out for local ports around the Nova Scotia: Lunenburg (July 25-26), Port Hawkesbury (July 25-26), Pictou (July 28-29), Shelburne (July 28-29), and Pugwash (July 28-29).
The opinion presented within this post is my own, and I would like to thank the Waterfront Development Corporation Limited for inviting me to participate in Tall Ships 2012 and providing a media pass for the event. Any time I receive a discount or complimentary service in my capacity as a travel blogger, I disclose it.