The sails of more than a dozen ships will be unfurled along the Philadelphia and Camden shorelines for Tall Ship Philadelphia Camden 2015 from June 25 to 28.
Craig Samborski, executive director of the festival, said there are 13 confirmed tall ships that will make the journey to the waters between Philly and Camden for the event.
“We have 13 now, but we could end up with 14 or 15 total which is a really stellar amount,” Samborski said.
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, Coopers Ferry Partnership, Adventure Aquarium and Independence Seaport Museum partnered to organize the Tall Ships event – the first of its kind since 2000.
“The L’Hermione is coming from France and has ties to Philadelphia,” Samborski said. “In the 1700s, General Lafayette sailed here in a ship just like this one – it’s a replica – to join with America to defeat the British during the Revolutionary War.”
Samborski said the U.S. Coast Guard tall ship, the Barque Eagle, will be a part of the event, as well as El Galeon from Spain and Gazela – Philadelphia’s official tall ship.
And floating among the historic tall ships will be the world’s largest rubber duck.
Standing 61-feet tall and weighing 11 tons, the big yellow ducky will participate in the Grand Parade on June 25 and be available for photos along the Camden waterfront.
“Guests will be able to get close and take selfies with the duck,” he said.
The Grand Parade of Sails will kick off at 1 p.m. on the opening day of the event.
“The ships will muster under the Walt Whitman Bridge and all come sailing up the river in parade formation with their cannons blazing,” Samborski said.
In addition to the tall ships, the four-day festival will feature live music, dancing, historic re-enactments, sailing opportunities, a craft beer garden and a huge variety of food on both sides of the river.
Tickets range from the $7 for festival admission to $85 sailing passes.
For more information and to order tickets, visit www.tallshipsphiladelphia.com or call 877-4FLY-TIX.