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Tall Ships Coming to New Orleans in 2012

January 23rd, 2012 by bbnola

It’s worth taking a moment to pause Mardi Gras discussions and look ahead to a fantastic event that will take place this spring. Three vintage Tall Ships will dock in New Orleans from April 17-23, 2012. Mark your calendars and reserve your favorite New Orleans Bed and Breakfast soon.

USCG Barque Eagle off San Francisco waterfront

The USCG Barque Eagle, in San Francisco.

This historic event is to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, considered by some to be “America’s Second War for Independence.” Over the course of three years, celebrations will take place in many parts of the country.  Events will conclude in 2015 in New Orleans, where the last battle of the War of 1812 was fought.

Authentic, historic Tall Ships are magnificent. To see them make their way up the Mississippi River will be breathtaking. Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in Boston, New York, and in other ports around the world to witness Tall Ships under sail. We are thrilled and honored to host them in New Orleans.

Blue Angels Fly-by

The Blue Angels.

The ships will be joined by the Blue Angels, incredible flyers from the U.S. Naval Air Division. What an interesting juxtaposition: historic ships gliding silently upriver, and modern jets screaming overhead.

April 17-23, 2012, will be filled with many interesting programs and events. Visitors will be able to tour the Tall Ships, see incredible air shows by the Blue Angels, watch parades of sail, and enjoy many other activities. More details is available at NOLA Navy Week.

As of this writing, three Tall Ships are scheduled to be in New Orleans in April: USCG Barque Eagle, Guayas of Ecuador, and Gloria of Columbia. It is hoped that additional ships will be able to join them. Regretfully, the only two extant ships that date back to the War of 1812 are permanently moored in Boston and Baltimore.

Witness history come to life. See the Tall Ships sail into New Orleans.

Please see New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts to find an inn.