Festival of Tall Ships Returns To San Pedro...With A Duck

Festival of Tall Ships Returns To San Pedro...With A Duck

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(FOX 11 / CNS) The "world's largest rubber duck" will be just one of the stars of the five-day Festival of Tall Ships set to begin today at the Port of Los Angeles.

The six-story-tall floating duck sculpture, designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman to look like the popular bath time toy, will lead a parade of a dozen domestic and international sailing ships making their way along the Main Channel off Harbor Boulevard, between Swinford and Sixth Streets.

The duck, accompanied by a smaller 10-foot-tall "baby" sculpture, will pass under the Vincent Thomas Bridge, on its way to the Downtown Harbor, at the festival's opening.

The event will include ship tours, cannon battles, sword fights, knot-tying and sail-rigging training demonstrations, live music and food trucks.

Festival-goers must purchase passes, on top of the admissions fee, to catch rides on the sailing ships.

The festival hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets, which range from $7 to $350, and pre-paid parking can be purchased at http://www.tallshipsfestivalla.com or by calling (877) 4FLY-TIX.

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