Buffalo hosting its first Tall Ships Festival this weekend

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– Buffalo is celebrating the 4th of July with its first ever parade of sail.

The Queen City is taking part in the Basil Port of Call: Buffalo Tall Ships Festival.

A dozen ships will call the waterfront home this week.

If you can’t find your sea legs, there is plenty to do on land. The festival starts this Thursday and runs until Sunday.

PARKING AND OTHER TRAVEL INFORMATION

Festival-goers are encouraged to use the NFTA’s Park and Ride options, which are offered at places like the LaSalle station (3030 Main St.) and the University station (3435 Main St.).

There are nearly 14,000 parking spots along the Metro Rail Main St. spine within one block of a Metro Rail station or Canalside.

Erie St. and part of Marine Dr. will be closed to all except for residents, marina slip holders and shuttle buses.

Drivers are advised to avoid the Ohio St. exit off the Skyway.

If you’re coming into Buffalo from Route 33, take the Goodell St. exit to Main St. for various parking and Metro Rail options.

If you’re coming from I-190, take exit 6 (Elm St.), then go left on Clinton to Main.

Sail-away customers and restaurant patrons may pay to park at Waterfront Village.

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