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Sail festival begins in San Diego Bay

By City News Service

More than a dozen tall ships from around the world will parade into San Diego Bay on Thursday for the start of the five-day “Port of San Diego Festival of Sail.”

The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Harbor Island and go past Shelter Island, Seaport Village and the Coronado Bridge. It will end when the ships dock along the North Embarcadero at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

“This event really brings awareness, not only to the museum, but to what San Diego has to offer. And you can’t really put a price on that,” said Robyn Gallant, the museum’s marketing director. “What makes it unique is that it reaches all different target audiences and families.”

During the five-days the ships are docked, visitors can board the vessels and collect unique stamps on special passports being sold by the museum. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children, seniors and active military.

There also will be food, arts and crafts vendors, music and other entertainment.