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“Saturday, Here in the Park…I think it Was the 4th of July” -Chicago

Posted by astatim on June 11, 2007

Ships in the Distance at NorfolkThe weekend in Norfolk was great!  Saturday was my favorite day, next to the Parade of Sail on Friday.  The Picton Castle lost some of her crew members on Saturday as Norfolk was the end of their voyage. However the good-byes, sad as they were, were downplayed with the excitement of meeting the new crew mates that joined fthe ship for the next leg of the voyage.  The waterfront festival was a happening place on Saturday.  The marching band that came through every few hours, the live bands, the pirate sword match show, and of course, the tall ships were the backbone of the festival.  I visited every Tall Ship here and was able to check out some of the restricted areas, too.  The Spirit of Bermuda and the Bluenose II were immaculate on the inside.  Both were air conditioned and everything had a luxurious feel to it on the inside.  Nonetheless, I wouldn’t trade the Picton Castle and her crew for any of it.  Saturday’s festival culminated with a very memorable firework presentation.  Not kidding, there were actually three locations where the fireworks were being shot off from and the sky was filled with explosions of color.  The firework display actually lasted for a solid 25 min.  and the grand finale was the best firewords grand finale I have seen, it was so loud that it vibrated my sternum.  A ship length or two away, two barges stood proud and blasted off these enormous fireworks…it was awesome.  After the fireworks I proceeded to investigate the Captain Miranda.  There I met her crew and enjoyed the company of many other ships crews.  What a fun day! 

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