Tall Ships Festival

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Gayle Anderson was live in San Pedro with a preview of the “TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL” at the Port of Los Angeles, which starts TODAY and runs for five full days through Sunday, August 24, 2014. This event showcases more than a dozen majestic domestic and international sailing ships, including the official Tall Ships of the City of Los Angeles: Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson and the The Twin Brigantines. Visitors will have the rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore. In addition, the historic Battleship USS Iowa and the Victory Ship, S.S. Lane Victory will also be open for tours with your ticket.

The Port of Los Angeles is just one of three West Coast ports to host the Tall Ships this summer.

The event kicks off at approximately 2:00 p.m. TODAY, August 20, 2014 with an opening-day Grand Parade of Sail led by the world’s largest floating rubber duck! The Port of Los Angeles is the first-ever West Coast port to host the globally famous Rubber Duck art installation and only the second North American city to do so. The Duck project is the creative effort of internationally renowned artist Florentijn Hofman from The Netherlands. Hofman’s Duck has also appeared in Australia, Taiwan, China, Belgium, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil and Pittsburgh. At 40-feet tall, Rubber Duck is bigger than a sail on a great sailboat, and is kept tethered to a heavy round barge to keep from blowing away. Just as with all works of art in a museum, people are not to touch it. People are also encouraged to stay out of the waters of the Hague Inlet, and boaters and kayakers must keep a respectful distance. Souvenir replicas will be available for purchase. Rubber Duck will be illuminated after dark, but in deference to those living near his latest oversized tub, the scene will go dark each night at 11 p.m.

Loads of family-friendly entertainment and activities will pack the port during the “TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL.” Visitors can hear an eclectic taste of musical genres such as rock, jazz, Sea Shanty, Latin, Mexican, Big Band, Country and dance. If a slew of great music isn’t enough, a few Tall Ship’s sails will be creatively used as gigantic movie screens showing entertaining flicks throughout the duration of the festival.

Educational and children’s activities include cannon demonstrations, authentic privateer encampment, real sword fighting with live steel, knot tying, weapon demonstrations and sail training with real tall ship rigging. Youth visitors can also try their hand at creating one-of-a-kind treasures and hand made creations with projects lead by the Port of Los Angeles’s own, Crafted.

A bevy of local fare options will be on hand including L.A.’s regional food trucks, California wine tasting and for the beer lovers, San Pedro Brewing Company will provide a curated, full craft brew menu featuring the region’s best brewers. In addition, local, regional, and national crafters will be on hand showcasing a wide variety of hand-made creations including maritime-themed artwork.

Admission to the SS Lane Victory is included with your ticket to the “TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL.” Built in 1945, here in Los Angeles, CA, the S.S. Lane Victory served with distinction during World War II, The Korean War, and the Vietnam War as well as in times of peace as part of the merchant fleet.  After years of deterioration in mothballs, it took countless hours of restoration to put her back into her original condition by volunteers of the United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II.  A nationally recognized historic landmark, the S.S. Lane Victory now serves as a living museum and memorial to the service and sacrifices of all Merchant Marine sailors and Navy Armed Guardsmen.   Located at Berth 49, the ship is open for tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, click HERE.

Don’t forget to check out the view from the USS Iowa, also included with your admission to the “TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL”! The USS Iowa was launched more than 70 years ago to defend American ideals of freedom, liberty and justice. She was designated the “World’s Greatest Naval Ship” because of her big guns, heavy armor, fast speed, longevity and modernization flexibility, which allowed her to keep pace with technology. The Iowa Class battleships participated in every conflict including and since World War II up to and including the first Gulf War in 1991. Battleship USS Iowa is open for tours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, click HERE.

Visit Tall Ships Festival for a complete schedule of each day’s events. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first served basis. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at Tall Ships Festival, TicketFly.com or by calling 877-4FLY-TIX. A Single-Day Dockside Viewing Festival Pass, which provides one-day access to dockside ship views and the festival grounds, is available for $7 and is FREE to children 1-4 years old. A Multi-Day On Board Ship Tour Pass, which provides five-day access to the festival grounds, on board ship tours and countless activities, is available for $19.

In addition to onboard tours, Tall Ships® Festival LA will offer the opportunity for visitors to sail on the Pacific Ocean aboard the Schooner Freda B, Schooner Curlew and several others. Each vessel will sail several times daily beginning Thursday, August 21th. Cost for each ticket is $85.

PLEASE NOTE: Tall Ships® Festival LA 2014 takes place rain or shine. No ticket refunds or exchanges. Tickets are non-transferable. Your ticket does not guarantee access to all ships at all times. Prices include all applicable fees and taxes.

Pre-paid parking is available for $5-8 depending on the location of the parking lot and can be purchased at Tall Ships Festival. Visitors can access a parking map by clicking HERE.

The “TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL” is made possible by the Port of Los Angeles, Draw Events and the event’s sponsors.

Today through Sunday, August 20-24, 2014

LA Waterfront
Port of Los Angeles
250 South Harbor Boulevard
San Pedro, CA 90731

Berth 87
Port of Los Angeles
250 South Harbor Boulevard
San Pedro, CA 90731
877-4-IOWA-61 (877-446-9261)

Berth 49
Port of Los Angeles
250 South Harbor Boulevard
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 519-9545
(310) 519-0265 FAX

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com