We woke up to a misty and foggy Boston the morning of the Grand Parade of Sail. For a while it didn’t seem like a sighting of even the tallest of tall ships could be possible. But after a one-hour delay to 10:00 am to commence the ceremony, we made our way to Lo Presti Park for arguably the best seats and views for Sail Boston 2017. What made it extra fun was that we were able to watch the Opening Ceremony and the first tall ships on TV with commentary from WCVB (highlights here), and STILL make it in time to see the ships cruise along the Boston Harbor and put on a show for the Eastie waterfront spectators.
Seeing “America’s Tall Ship,” the Eagle, leading vessels from all over the world was a sight to behold for children of all ages. The little nerd in me was awestruck at the history and legacy of the ship, and the cadets that make this kind of journey possible. What a time to be alive! To see remnants of history in real time, in a surreal mix of the old and the new.
Side note: anyone else ever feel slightly unsettled seeing checkpoints in your neighborhood for large-scale events or at major tourist sights? It definitely made me feel safer for sure, and fortunately the uneasiness didn’t last very long. I quickly grew fascinated by the people that flocked the park for Sail Boston, as well as the panoramic views of Eastie and the rest of Boston from where I stood – a quick snapshot of a neighborhood in transition.
Sail Boston from the peripheries was an experience in and of itself. Boston showed its finest to over a million visitors in the seaport and harbor areas, while Eastie also got treated to unbeatable views, food trucks, and some welcome foot-traffic. The Ecuaduran tall ship, Guayas, was a clear favorite and party-starter. I loved seeing the neighborhood come alive, cheering and dancing to the lively Latin music playing from the ship.
As the weather continued to clear and become more pleasant, Alex and I decided to take advantage of the other perks to a weekend of festivities in the city: quiet pockets of Boston to enjoy all to ourselves. We briefly checked out all the buzz on the other side of the water, and then ventured over to Back Bay and the South End. At that point, we thought, the possibilities were endless.
What events/trips are you looking forward to this summer? I’d love to hear your ideas below! For questions or more information on Sail Boston 2017, check the Sail Boston official website, Boston.com’s feature video, Boston Globe’s photos, or comment below. Feel free to link up with your post or favorite related links in the comments as well!
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