New Orleans Celebrates: Bicentennial of the War of 1812
200 Years of Naval History Comes Life in New Orleans
Nola Navy Week is returning to New Orleans April 23-29, 2015. Please continue to check back here as we update tour schedules, berthing maps, and other information about the 2015 event!
In 2012, New Orleans served as the inaugural city in a three-year national celebration commemorating the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner, and this spring, the U.S. Navy will return to close the celebration out along the banks of the Mississippi River. From April 23-29, 2015, a colorful spectacle of ships will on the East Bank of the Mississippi River from Thalia Street to Esplanade Avenue.
The visiting ships will be open for public visiting, and citizens will have the opportunity to interact with sailors from around the world. In addition to the Navy fleet lining the Port, activities will include official visits among regional dignitaries and Navy leadership, visiting sailors engaged in friendly sporting competitions, a seafood cook-off, and regional outreach and community service projects by visiting sailors.
“From 2012 to 2015, the United States Navy and its partners, including Operation Sail, Inc., will commemorate the War of 1812 and the writing of our national anthem, the Star- Spangled banner,” U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said. “It is remarkable that 200 years ago, one of the first wars in our country’s history was fought against nations who have become our closest allies.”
“Bringing the tall ships of the world back to U.S. waters for the commemoration of this glorious American milestone excites the imagination,” said chairman of Operation Sail, Inc., Jose Fuentes. “Throughout 2012-2015, millions of people will witness these graceful and majestic sailing ships as they parade in together, and celebrate brotherhood of the sea, and of our freedoms.”