Philadelphia, PA/Camden Waterfront, NJ – Adding excitement to a waterfront that is already bubbling with activity, Tall Ships® Philadelphia-Camden is slated to bring majestic vessels up the Delaware River in early summer on June 25-28. Tall Ships® Philadelphia-Camden has the distinction of being the largest sailing event in the United States in 2015.
With over a dozen magnificent domestic and international ships planning to attend Tall Ships® Philadelphia – Camden, visitors can catch a glimpse, step aboard and even set sail on some of the most meticulously crafted ships of yore. Several rare and notable ships making an appearance include:
- L’Hermione – A French replica of the 12-pound, 145’ long, Concorde class frigate of the French Navy, famous for carrying General Lafayette to the United States in 1780 allowing him to rejoin the Americans during the American Revolutionary War.
- Barque Eagle – Rarely seen at festivals, this three-masted USA Coast Guard Tall Ship boasts 21,350 square feet of sail, 295’ length, is the only operational sailing vessel in the U.S. maritime services and is just one of five operational training barques in the world.
- Cisne Branco - Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, The “White Swan” is an awe-inspiring, 243’ long, full-rigged Tall Ship serving the Brazilian Navy as a training vessel and international representative.
- Gazela – Philadelphia’s official Tall Ship was built in 1901 in the shipyard of J. M. Mendes in Setubal, Portugal to fish the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. It is 177’ long and 94’ high from deck.
- Picton Castle – A 179’ long, three-masted Tall Ship based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada best known for sail training voyages around the world.
The unique two-sided waterfront affords increased accessibility for visitors from both sides of the river and creates the perfect venue for a myriad of festival attractions and of course, Tall Ships. The event is sponsored by a collaboration of four Delaware waterfront organizations: the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, Coopers Ferry Partnership, Adventure Aquarium and Independence Seaport Museum.
An abundance of attractions will accompany the Tall Ships such as historical reenactments, live music, dance, youth sail training, a craft beer garden and the regions finest fare.
Tickets on sale, Friday, December 5, 2014 at 10 AM and are available at www.TallShipsPhiladelphia.com or 877-4FLY-TIX. Ticket prices range from $12.00 festival admission/onboard ship tours to $150 for the Grand Parade of Sail. Tickets are good for attractions in both Camden and Philadelphia. For more information:www.TallShipsPhiladelphia.com, www.facebook.com/TallShipsPC and on twitter @TallShipsPC.com
By Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For the 24th consecutive year, fireworks will herald the arrival of the new year along the Delaware waterfront.
Thousands make a trip to Penn’s Landing, on the Philadelphia side of the river, or Wiggins Park, in Camden, for the New Year’s Eve tradition: viewing the huge fireworks display.
Jodie Milkman, of the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., says you will have two opportunities to see fireworks.
“Two different shows, at 6pm and midnight,” she tellsKYW Newsradio, “both with their own soundtrack. So you definitely want to come down to see at least one — and, ideally, both.”
She notes that over the Delaware River they are able to use very large fireworks shells, so the display is visible for miles.
The soundtrack will be piped live onto Penn’s Landing and Wiggins Park. At other locations, bring a radio to hear the coordinated soundtrack as it airs live on KYW Newsradio 1060.
Milkman says this is only the sixth year for the 6pm show, and that one is growing in popularity.
“We realize it has as diverse an audience as the midnight show,” she notes. “There are plenty of people that like to come out early, celebrate early, and be somewhere else at midnight.”
And, she adds, the public celebrations being offered are also diverse, with family parties at Independence Seaport Museum and the Blue Cross Riverrink Winterfest, or across the river in Camden at the Adventure Aquarium or on board the Battleship New Jersey.
There were fireworks, Mummers, and loads of good cheer despite the cold.
Given that was all packed into a 30-minute news conference within the City Hall Courtyard on Friday, imagine what the extended version will look like as the year turns Jan. 1.
The New Year's highlights, as presented by city officials, include a refigured route for the Mummers Parade and two sets of fireworks on New Year's Eve - one early, one late - to accommodate the varying schedules of the region's revelers.
"There is no better place to spend the New Year than in Philadelphia," said Mayor Nutter, who shared the news conference with Camden Mayor Dana Redd and a quartet of Mummers, who provided a musical backdrop.
Redd, noting the fireworks can be seen from both sides of the Delaware River, said Camden was "thrilled to celebrate another New Year's Eve with its sister city."
The fireworks, sponsored by SugarHouse Casino, will light up the skies first at 6 p.m. and then at the more traditional time of midnight.
The highlight of New Year's Day, of course, will be the Mummers Parade, a tradition that dates back centuries.
This year, however, the route has been changed in an effort to breathe a bit more life into what had become a rather moribund event for many parade-watchers.
Rather than head north out of South Philadelphia, the parade will start at Dilworth Park, 15th and Market Streets, where performances will be judged before the various units proceed to South Broad Street and march south to Washington Avenue.
The Mummers themselves had complained that the long wait to be judged undercut their enthusiasm as they marched north, much of the time not even performing. They asked for the route change so they could get the judging out of the way before the actual parading.
The hope is that it will allow the performers to be more spontaneous, the parade to be more entertaining.
There will be 1,200 ticketed bleacher seats at Dilworth Park. Tickets are available for $20 by calling 1-800-537-7676 or by going to the Independence Visitor Center at Sixth and Market Streets or the Welcome Center at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard.
There will be two additional spots where the Mummers units will perform. They are at the Union League at Broad and Sansom Streets and at Broad and Carpenter Streets.