Parade of sail launches 2014 Harborfest

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 5:39 PM

NORFOLK -- Harborfest, the annual festival celebrating Norfolk's maritime history, kicked off Friday, June 6 with the Parade of Sail.

Photos: USS Cole to lead Harborfest Parade of Sail

13News Now is a proud sponsor of the 38th annual festival and will have complete coverage beginning on 5 p.m.

Click here for a complete list of events for Harborfest 2014.

Boaters joined visiting ships, including USS Cole, the Pride of Baltimore, the Lynx and The Godspeed for the sail up the Elizabeth River into downtown Norfolk.   Once docked, many of the ships will be open for tour.  The Parade of Sail began at noon.

Concerts, paddleboarding demonstrations, jet pack demonstrations, demonstrations by the Coastal Riverine Force, food and more will keep festival goers busy and fill the waterfront with fun and excitement through Sunday.   A highlight of the three-day festival is Saturday night's fireworks, which begin at 9:30 p.m.

Festevents, which organizer the festival, says 250,000 people will attend Harborfest this year, pumping $10 million into the economy.

Joseph Wright of Juice Bar Juices has his grand opening in downtown Norfolk on Friday.

"We expect a huge turnout, a lot of new fans for our business," said Wright.

Because Harborfest is free organizers say the city loses money, but according to Festevents Manager Domenick Fini they make it up over the course of the summer.

During the festival, many  of the roads into and out of downtown will be closed.  Click here for transportation, directions and parking options.

On the other side of the Elizabeth River, enjoy music and more at the Portsmouth Seawall Music Festival Friday and Saturday on the waterfront.Click here and scroll down to June 6 & 7 for the list of concerts.

There will be free parking at all city garages. Lots of people choose to enjoy the events in Norfolk by riding the Elizabeth River Ferry from Portsmouth.

The weather should be perfect if you're going to attend Harborfest or have any outdoor plans. Friday will be mostly sunny and in the upper 70s.  Saturday and Sunday will reach into the low to mid-80s.
Check the forecast 24/7 on WVEC.com.

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