The Buffalo waterfront welcomed some unique visitors on Independence Day this year as 12 tall ships took part in the Parade of Sail at Canalside. 

The ships arrived at their docking stations in Canalside, Riverwalk and Erie Basin Marina on Thursday, with cannons punctuating the air along with bagpipers from the Erie County Sheriff’s Irish Pipes and Drums reserve unit. The Buffalo Niagara Concert Band, a group of 80 musicians, saluted the fleet of historic tall ships from harbors throughout the United States, Canada, Spain and the South Pacific.

The historic fire boat, the Edward M. Cotter, led the parade and flotillas of recreational vessels accompanied the ships.

Following the Edward M. Cotter, the sequence of the entering ships began with the host- port ship, The Spirit of Buffalo, and continued with Niagara, HMCS Oriole, Empire Sandy, St. Lawrence II, Pride of Baltimore II, Appledore IV, Bluenose II, Appledore V, Denis Sullivan, and the Picton Castle. 

The event also featured a patriotic concert, Civil War encampment demonstrations and children's activities.