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the blue angels pass over the parade of tall ships during fleet week 2012 new york
The start of Fleet Week this year promises to make waves in Hudson County.
That’s because the week kicks off on Wednesday, May 23 with international tall and military ship parades along the Hudson River.
The parades, called Parade of Sail and The Military Parade of Ships, will be celebrating the penning of “The Star Spangled Banner” and the War of 1812. They will be sponsored by Operation Sail (OpSail), an organization dedicated to celebrating maritime history, and the US Navy.
“It has become a New York institution and a classic sea-going event,” said William G. Armstrong, retired navy captain and OpSail’s spokesperson. “For OpSail to be able to partner again with the Navy for this patriotic American milestone makes it even more special.”
OpSail’s Parade of Sail will be first, leaving from the Verrazano Narrows bridge at 8:10 a.m. The seventeen tall ships will glide up the Hudson River, past Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken and north to the George Washington Bridge and then back down the river to the Intrepid Sea/Air/Space Museum at Pier 86 in Manhattan.
The ten-ship Military Parade of Ships which will leave from the Verrazano at 10 a.m. and will meet the Parade of Sail at the Intrepid.
The ships will be escorted along the Hudson by the US Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team. The team is made up of sixteen volunteer navy officers. They fly two types of planes, F/A-18s and C-130s.
On May 26 and 27 the team will be at Long Island’s Jones Beach for a full flight show.
Parade of Sail will include ships from countries including France, Brazil, and Japan and will be led by the third largest tall ship in the world, Juan Sebastian de Elcano from Spain. The military’s pageant will be led by the USCGC Eagle.
Hudson County residents who want to catch the parade can watch it from anywhere along the shoreline. Liberty State Park is one of the more popular spots. Pier A Park in Hoboken should also provide excellent views.
This is OpSail’s 5th international sailing event in collaboration with Fleet Week.
“The sight of the great international sailing ships parading up the Hudson River is one people will talk about for years,” said Armstrong. “Those who saw OpSail events in 2000 or earlier still remember where they were standing and who they were with.”
October 12th, 2012
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