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A community wide 3 day event, the highlight of which is a Parade of Sails on Fridayl as 7 -10 tallships gather in Grand Traverse Bay. Tours aboard the boats Friday afternoon and evening and all day Saturday, and Sunday. Auxillary events are a Pirate Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, a Grog tent, local food vendor chowder contests and fish boils. Several nautical and maritime history presentations will be given, some including related movie showings at the bayside Bijou theater; and other venues will offer maritime related concerts, writer symposiums and plays during the festival and the weeks before and after as part of the Michigan Maritime History Celebration