Tall Ships Erie festival schedule, tickets, more
The Tall Ships Erie Festival begins Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. with a Parade of Sail featuring nine vessels and the "World's Largest Rubber Duck.'' The U.S. Brig Niagara will lead the flotilla and duck from a staging area in Lake Erie through the channel and into Presque Isle Bay.
Here's a look inside the four-day festival:
Thursday: Parade of Sail, 4 p.m., in Presque Isle Bay. Bayfront Convention Center opens to the public at 3 p.m. for free viewing. First-come, first-served.
Parade of Sail order of ships: U.S. Brig Niagara, brigantine Playfair, brigantine Pathfinder, schooner Pride of Baltimore II, schooner Appledore IV, schooner When and If, schooner Mist of Avalon, schooner Denis Sullivan, El Galeon, World's Largest Rubber Duck.
Friday: Education Day. Activities for school groups from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admittance restricted to school and educational groups. Bus groups from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and those who purchase a day pass online in advance.
Saturday: Open to public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Open to public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An 18-minute fireworks display, sponsored by the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, is scheduled for 9 p.m. at Dobbins Landing. Liberty park will be open at 6 p.m. for viewing.
Tickets: A weekend general admission pass for Saturday and Sunday is $22. Day passes for Saturday and Sunday are $14 per day. A Friday day pass, which will only be sold in advance online, is $8. Purchase tickets at www.tallshipserie.org, at the Erie Maritime Museum gift shop, or at Country Fair locations. VIP tickets are sold out. Day sails are sold out.
Transportation: Shuttle buses will run from the Intermodal Center to the Erie Maritime Museum to the Bayfront Convention Center on a 20-minute continuous loop; from Liberty Park to the Bayfront Convention Center to the Erie Maritime Museum on a 30-minute continuous loop; and from the Lincoln Avenue Park 'N Ride to the Bayfront Convention Center to the Erie Maritime Museum on a 30-minute continuous loop.
-- All festivalgoers will be screened at entry.
-- No outside food or drinks permitted inside Bayfront Convention Center or Erie Maritime Museum.
-- No large bags or coolers.
-- No weapons, including firearms or knives, will be permitted.
-- Baby food must be contained in plastic containers or original packaging.
-- A cooler no larger than 5 quarts may be brought in for baby food, formula or medicine only.
-- No pets; medical assistance guide dogs are permitted.
-- Everyone must have a ticket or credential to enter the event.
Parade of Sail
Traffic patterns in the area of Presque Isle State Park's North Pier will be altered Thursday to ensure visitor safety during the Tall Ships Erie Parade of Sail, park officials said. There will be limited access on roadways south of Beach 11 that lead to the North Pier. Starting at 8 a.m., park rangers will direct visitors where to park. Prior to this time, no vehicles will be permitted past the Beach 11 pavilion lot. Parking for disabled visitors will be available close to the North Pier. Disabled visitors who request to park at the North Pier are advised to bring their disability placard or plate. Other vehicles will be parked in the Beach 11 parking lots. At the conclusion of the event, at about 6 p.m., restrictions will be lifted.
A mini-AmeriMasala international parade, featuring giant puppets and the Buffalo-based Aka Jama Aka Senegalese dance and drumming troupe, will be held Thursday at 3:15 p.m. at the Bayfront Convention Center. AmeriMasala is a multi-disciplinary cultural arts unity festival.
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