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Important Information for Tall Ships® Pensacola Parade of Sails

To kick off the Tall Ships® Pensacola Festival, Visit Pensacola is pleased to invite Tall Ship fans to participate in the Tall Ships® Pensacola Parade of Sails boat parade by land and sea. Before the vessels dock, the ships will proceed from the Pensacola Pass to Plaza De Luna and Commendencia Slip at full sail.

Watch the Parade by Sea

Boaters are invited to follow the Parade of Sails procession. The Tall Ships will have a 300-foot safety zone that will be maintained by the United States Coast Guard. At no point are boaters allowed to boat within the safety zone or pass between the vessels. Participants are encouraged to decorate their boats with one or more of the participating Tall Ships Vessel flag colors:  

Elyssa: Red, White, Blue
Oliver Hazard Perry: White, Gold, Blue
Oosterschelde: Red, White, Blue
Picton Castle: Red, White, Blue

Watch the Parade by Land

Tall Ship fans wanting to view the parade by land will have many vantage points to do so. Public areas include Fort Pickens and the Gulf Islands National Seashore, Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park, Palafox Pier and any waterfront businesses along Pensacola Bay.

Parade of Sales Schedule

When: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - Approx. 3-5 p.m.
Where: Pensacola Pass to Plaza De Luna
Note: Parade times are subject to change with little to no notice. Follow Visit Pensacola on social media for parade updates.

  • 2:00 p.m. Muster – Pensacola Lighthouse
  • 2:30 p.m. – Vessels should approach the NAS Carrier Pier;(Red Buoy #4)
  • 4:00 p.m. – Pass Maritime Park
  • 5 p.m. - Plaza De Luna: the First vessel to arrive at the seawall

Click here to purchase festival tickets or for more information specific to the Parade of Sails Boat Parade contact, Michelle Sarra,

Parade of Sails Route