Schooner Fest Kicks Off In Mystic

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The Connecticut Schooner Festival will feature a special lighted boat parade on Friday, Sept. 13 to celebrate the start of the festival in New London. All area boaters are welcome to participate in the parade, which departs the Thames Yacht Club at 8:30 p.m., and will make a loop from the Thames Yacht Club to New London’s City Pier and back. The lighted boat parade along New London’s historic waterfront will be led by a United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel.

The WNLC Classic 98.7 Connecticut Schooner Festival celebrates the state’s maritime heritage, history and spirit of innovation. Schooners arrived at Mystic Seaport on Wednesday, and the festival continues today with a dockside education program for Connecticut school children. After the initial education program in Mystic, the schooner fleet will move to the New London waterfront on Friday.

A number of activities will take place on the waterfront near City Pier. The Made in Connecticut Expo will feature locally made products. New London’s Flock Theatre will present a street pageant called “The Burning in Effigy of Benedict Arnold,” which will feature an appearance by the Ancient Mariners fife and drum corps of Pawcatuck, Conn.

When the Schooner Festival arrives in New London on Friday, the ship captains will be honored at the United States Coast Guard Academy, with the corps of cadets marching in a Regimental Review. Entertainment will include music on the waterfront, a lighted boat parade to welcome the schooners, and a host of other activities.

The festival takes place Sept. 11 – 15 starting at Mystic Seaport and moving to New London. For more information, visit the website:

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