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August 23, 2019

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2015 San Pedro Prep Softball Preview -

Friday, May 1, 2015

Art Preview: ‘Non-Native’ by Ingrid Dietrich -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

San Pedro Prep Baseball 2015 Preview -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recapping The Final Gaffey Street Community Workshop -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiffany Torres Bears Down For Success At POLA High -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

San Pedro Fish Market Launches Scholarship Contest -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

San Pedro’s Rita Fiorenza Is A Basketball Revelation -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

‘No Lane Reductions’ As Gaffey Street Redevelopment Plans Move Forward -

Friday, January 9, 2015

San Pedro Prep Sports 2014 Fall Review -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAPD Harbor Division and Philie B’s Pizza To Host Charity Events This Weekend -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

Monday, December 1, 2014

One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

After 6-Year Hiatus, Tall Ships Festival Returns to Port of L.A.

The Giant Rubber Duck sneaks a peak at the L.A. Waterfront (photo: Facebook/Tall Ships Los Angeles)

Since 2008, the Tall Ships Festival L.A. has been absent at the Port of Los Angeles, and this year organizers intend to revive the event with grander plans than previous years, including a Giant Rubber Duck.

The first of 13 tall ships will sail into the waterfront when the event kicks off this Wednesday, Aug. 20. This year will mark the first time the West Coast will debut the Giant Rubber Duck, an artistic installation project designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman that has been displayed around the world.

The event will host more than 50 food vendors and musical acts, including San Pedro’s hometown band the Riptides. The event will include special musical tributes, a performance by the U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team, and a pirate day event on the Amazing Grace ship, said Craig Samborski, executive director of the Tall Ships Festival L.A.

“There’s tons of excitement and we’re getting a lot of feedback,” said Samborski. The addition of the Giant Rubber Duck has also been a substantial draw for the event, he added.

According to Phil Sanfield, director of media relations for the Port of Los Angeles, officials have been preparing for an entire year for the Tall Ships Festival to return to the waterfront. Sanfield said major improvements made to the waterfront, including upgrades to the infrastructure, will complement the event.

“We’re really trying to develop the waterfront into a regional destination, for local residents, all of Los Angeles and beyond,” said Sanfield.

Sanfield anticipates that this year’s Tall Ships Festival will be a significant boost for downtown businesses, falling in line with increases seen from recent tourist attractions such as Cirque du Soleil and Navy Days.

Wednesday’s Opening Day festivities include the arrival of the Giant Rubber Duck under the Vincent Thomas Bridge at approx. 7:45 a.m. and the Grand Parade of Sail at 2 p.m.

The Tall Ships Festival L.A. will be held August 20-24 along the L.A. Waterfront. For tickets and parking information, visit www.tallshipsfestivalla.com.

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