NORFOLK -- Friday is the traditional Parade of Sail to kick off Harborfest in Norfolk and the Seawall Festival in Portsmouth.
But you don't have to wait to see tall ships and talk with sailors from other countries. Many of the International ships that took part in the Sea and Air Parade on Wednesday are now open for tour, including ones from Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Norway, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany. For a complete list, click here.
If you're going to park in downtown Norfolk, all garages have a flat fee of $5.00. There are other ways to get to the celebration, including buses, light rail and ferry service.
As usual, Waterside Drive will be closed to through traffic at Atlantic Street beginning at 10 a.m. Friday until midnight Sunday. City officials say all downtown streets will be under police control during the event.
The I-264 ramps into downtown Norfolk will remain open for motorists, but expect congestion and plan accordingly.
You can watch the ships as they make their way through the Hampton Roads harbor into downtown Norfolk during the Parade of Sail. Fort Monroe is a great vantage point for Peninsula residents. City and event officials will begin directing traffic to the best available parking at the fort at 7:00 a.m. Friday. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis.