The tall ship Pride of Baltimore passes by the harbor channel entrance on Wednesday. Six more vessels will join the Pride of Baltimore here as Kenosha’s Tall Ships Festival runs today through Sunday. For more information, go to kenoshatallships.com.

The Pride of Baltimore II is the first of the Tall Ships to arrive in Kenosha. 

Also docking in Kenosha for the Tall Ships festival will be the Barque Picton Castle, Bluenose II, S/V Denis Sullivan, U.S. Brig Niagara, Appledore IV, and Kenosha’s own Red Witch.

The opening ceremony begins tomorrow with a Parade of Sail at 3:45 p.m. at Simmons Island, as ships travel a figure-eight pattern from Pennoyer Park to Kemper Center before funneling into the downtown channel.

The festival grounds officially open with early-bird admission 9 a.m. Friday and continue throughout the weekend.

The three-day event could draw upward of 30,000 people, according to the city community relations liaison Kris Kochman.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at www.kenoshatallships.com.

About the Pride of Baltimore II

Ship specifications:

Sparred Length: 157 feet long

Rig height: 107 feet

Hull: framed in tropical hardwoods from Central America, and planked in Maryland white oak and Douglas fir

Year built: 1988

Total sail: 10,000 square feet