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Home Things to Do Festivals Tall Ships, Navy Vessels, and Blue Angels Air Show Heading for New Orleans Navy Week, War of 1812

Tall Ships, Navy Vessels, and Blue Angels Air Show Heading for New Orleans Navy Week, War of 1812

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Tall ships and military vessels from around the world and the nation will descend upon New Orleans during NOLA Navy Week, April 17-23, 2012 to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner.

A full week of rare opportunity and interactive fun is planned for the public. The week will also bring two Blue Angels air shows, for the first time, over the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.

tallship_dewaruci-3"New Orleans was an integral part of the War of 1812, a war that would help to shape America," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "To be chosen to begin this national 200th anniversary event in New Orleans speaks to our city's unique ability to celebrate all that makes America great with the most unique assets in the nation including our food, music, and culture."

Thousands of sailors will descend upon the city and become involved in sports activities, community service to restore areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, and visits to hospitals. There will also be a seafood cook-off featuring Navy chefs and Louisiana chefs.

Coming to New Orleans are the tall ships Guayas of Ecuador, Dewaruci of Indonesia, and the U. S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle. Other ships visiting the Port of New Orleans will include the USS Gettysburg, the HMS Montrose from Britain, the USS WASP, the USS Mitscher, the FS Germinal from France, the USS De Wert, and the HSCS St. John's from Canada.

"We are excited to showcase our ships, sailors, and marines to this great city and I know the sailors are excited to make this port of call," said Rear Adm. John Scorby, Commander Navy Region Southeast. "We hope the citizens of New Orleans will take advantage of this opportunity to meet your sailors, coast guardsmen, and marines and learn how we've protected freedom of the seas for 200 years."

Tours of ships will be offered to groups in the morning and the general public in the afternoon. Visitors including school groups and history buffs will see a spectacle not seen in New Orleans in recent memory.

Exhibits will be plentiful with information about the importance the War of 1812 and New Orleans' pivotal role. The Historic New Orleans Collection will also host a panel discussion regarding the significance of the historic event.

NOLA Navy Week is a kickoff to a three year commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 that will also end in New Orleans in 2015.

For more information, visit the Website at
http://nolanavyweek.com/ .

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