Kenosha Harbor is finally lined with the Tall Ships and ready for the festival to begin after Thursday’s opening ceremony.

Seven tall ships filed into the channel in the harbor to finish off their voyage from Green Bay as the city gets ready to celebrate the ships throughout the weekend.

Even though the boats were fenced off as they set up Thursday evening, the path and grass around the harbor was still lined with hundreds of people hoping to get a glimpse and take pictures of ships far taller than the ones that are mainstays in the harbor.

Looking out at the ships, people could see dozens of crew members working multiple stories high up on ships working to get them ready. Even those who weren’t at the harbor to see the ships couldn’t help but stare at the work being done from afar.

Combined with the crowd near the lake who was listening to the band Tynan play during the Peanut Butter and Jam, the harbor was full of people enjoying the opening day of the big weekend celebration.

“It’s super awesome (to see the tall ships),” said Kenosha resident Suzanne Gierach, who has seen the ships in Kenosha in the past.

“To see everyone up on the mast working is cool. It’s also a great feel to have everyone in town out to celebrate one event together.”

Opening ceremony master of ceremonies Tom Kastle spoke during the intermission of the concert, where he introduced the captains of the seven ships.

During the intermission, the national anthems were also played for the three countries the ships represent: the United States, Canada, and the Cook Islands. The blessing of the fleet was led by pastor Joyce Rinehart.

The festival will continue through Sunday as the ships open up for tours, rides and closer looks from festival goers.

 

 

 

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