Thousands of people are expected to set sail for New London this weekend for the wrap up of the first Connecticut Schooner Festival.
The five-day event, which is a city and statewide celebration of history heritage and innovation, began in Mystic earlier in the week.
Eight schooners sailed into the New London Harbor Friday afternoon.
Ship captains of the schooners were "colorful dockside ceremony" at City Pier upon arrival. Members of the Flock Theatre, who wore Revolutionary War uniforms, brought the captains to the ceremony.
The festival includes a light parade of sailing vessels Friday evening, and a schooner race this weekend along Fisher's Island Sound.
Visitors meanwhile can enjoy on board tours or while ashore, they can check out the artists at work. There are sand sculptors creating a moment, and artists capturing the moment.
"The more activities we can have like Schooner Fest to bring people down here the more people in the boating community will realize the resources that we have and hopefully take advantage," said New London Mayor Daryl Finizio.
While there are no food vendors planned, local restaurants are expected to do well.
"I believe in New London even though I don't live here," said Eleanor Fagan of Niantic. "A lot of people are skeptical which is a shame."
Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:43:16 GMT
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