Norfolk 2015 Harborfest Parade of Sail & Visiting Ships

The spectacular Parade of Sail, under the direction of the Virginia Pilots Association, will enter the Downtown Norfolk Harbor on Friday, June 5 at 12 pm.  Following tradition, this impressive fleet will include tall ships, character vessels, sleek power cruisers, sailing craft, antique and classic wooden boats, military vessels, tugs and more!  Thousands of onlookers stationed at vantage points along the Elizabeth River will be able to witness this expansive fleet as it dances down the river towards Town Point Park.

The parade route goes past Hospital Point, Tidewater Yacht, and around the fireboat near Metro Machine.

Sail Plan of the Day

9:00 a.m.- All Parade of Sail vessels get underway from downtown waterfront.

10:00 a.m.- Festival Fleet rendezvous at Sewells Point Anchorage “K” off the Navy Base. Starboard Fleet rendezvous along the west (RED) side of the Elizabeth River. Parade Fleet (individual boaters) should also contact Starboard Fleet Parade Commander to receive any additional instructions.

10:30 a.m.- All vessels on station for start of parade

10:30 a.m.- Parade of Sail Undeway

Noon- Parade of Sail Arrives off Nauticus and Town Point Park

If you’re participating in the Parade of Sail, Click here for Additional information

Public tours of the ships will begin at noon on Saturday June 6, and Sunday June 7, 2015, and conclude at sunset, unless otherwise posted at the ship.

hrScene has the Norfolk 2015 Harborfest Guide for your mobile device here.



The following is a list of some of the visiting ships and character vessels:

USGC Eagle – New London, CT

Cisne Branco – Brazil

USS Mitscher: US Navy Destroyer – Norfolk, VA

Kalmar Nyckel– Wilmington, DE

American Rover – Norfolk, VA

Bonny Rover – Norfolk, VA