Galveston Historical Foundation
Parade of Sail

Tall Ships® Galveston Parade of Sail

Tall Ships® Galveston kicks off with the Parade of Sail on Thursday, April 13th. This publicly viewable parade will showcase the visiting fleet as they make their entrance to Galveston, sailing down Seawall Boulevard before coming into port for festival preparations.

This parade will exhibit the beautiful tall ships right off the famous beaches of Galveston. This is something every person can enjoy from the seawall or the restaurants lining the coast. After maneuvering in a 2 hour loop, the fleet will take in sail and head into Galveston Bay for docking.



  • 12:30 p.m. – Ships muster at start line off of East Beach
  • 1 p.m. – Parade of sail begins with ships traveling west down Seawall
  • 2 p.m. – Ships turn around near 35th and Seawall
  • 3 p.m. – Parade of sail ends back at East Beach

Please note: These times are approximate and subject to variability based on weather, wind, and other factors. Any private vessels who plan to be in the area for the event are required to notify the parade marshal at mark.scibinico@galvestonhistory.org. Vessels will travel at a speed of 6 knots, following the TALL SHIP ELISSA, and will be spaced approximately 500 yards apart. Communication will be on channel 68 for all vessels.


Coming soon! Join #GalvestonHistory at one of our partner locations for your chance to win tickets, prizes, and more all while enjoying a great location for the visiting ships as they parade down Seawall Boulevard.


Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.

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Mike Benza
Mike Benza
12 days ago

This article lists the times, but not the date. What date is the Parade of Sail?

Stan Kuper
Stan Kuper
11 days ago

How do I notify the marshal about allowing my private boat to be at the East Beach to view the Parade of ships?

Rebecca Herry
Rebecca Herry
11 days ago

When are they scheduled to sail out? I can’t make it for the arrival, so hoping to see them leave. thank you.

10 days ago

Where would be a good place to watch the parade for handicap people?

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