Community members and visitors lined the boardwalk and filled Escanaba Park to welcome the Parade of Ships.
Wave conditions caused Coast Guard cutters Bristol Bay and Mobile Bay to arrive earlier.
Ship tours run from 6-8 this evening and continue throughout this week’s Coast Guard Festival.
Isaac and Elliot Lambrix of West Olive watched the ships with their mother and younger cousins. Isaac, 6, described the Coast Guard ships as “big.” His younger brother said the ships are “awesome.”
“It’s great to see everyone out,” said the boys’ mother, Amanda Lambrix.
Monday morning’s overcast sky and wind didn’t keep Bob and Edna Haasjes from seeing their first Parade of Ships. The Hudsonville couple arrived at about 11:45 a.m. to claim their seats on the boardwalk.
The Haasjeses said they’ve attended other Coast Guard Festival events, and they were looking forward to the ships parade.
Phil and Donna Green also arrived early to find their best seats to welcome the Coast Guard ships. The Collinsville, Ill., residents said they drove nearly nine hours to Grand Haven to participate in the festival for the first time.
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