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You can board tall ships along the Mississippi River for free this weekend

Part of NOLA’s tricentennial celebration

The Elissa, a 141-year old tall ship, enters the Mississippi River near Pilottown, LA under the guidance of a Crescent River Port Pilot as the majestic 99-foot vessel glides upriver to Downtown New Orleans where six tall ships will be the centerpiece for the city’s Tricentennial celebration this weekend.
Photo courtesy of CRPPA (Crescent River Port Pilots Association)

A fleet of navy and tall ships will make their way down the Mississippi River today in celebration of New Orleans’s 300th anniversary and NOLA Navy Week 2018. The ships will be open to the public and free to board along Woldenberg Park on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The ships will also be open on Sunday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The riverfront will have an international selection of four tall ships. Visitors will be able to board ships and interact with crew members during admission hours. Check out this map to learn more about the ship location along the river. There will also be two additional tall ships located at the Pontchartrain Landing at 6001 France Road in Pontchartrain Park. You can even track the fleet in realtime using this Tall Ship New Orleans map.

A firework display along the ship-lined Mississippi River will take place on both Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m. The ships will depart New Orleans on Monday, April 23, at 9 a.m.

New Orleans tricentennial weekend events

But the riverfront won’t hold all of this weekend’s tricentennial celebrations. Starting on Saturday at 10 a.m., there will be a Welcoming Ceremony at Jackson Square for international dignitaries, where the city will honor the various cultural groups that have contributed to New Orleans’s melting-pot culture.

On Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a “Citywide Family Reunion.” Particularly at Louis Armstrong Park, UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz will host a free jazz concert at 2 p.m to celebrate International Jazz Day.

To keep up with New Orleans tricentennial events, check out the official NOLA Tricentennial website.