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Historic ships sailed through the Dana Point Harbor Friday night, to kick off the Tall Ships Festival with a Sunset Parade Sails.

The festival, hosted annually by the Ocean Festival, celebrates the state’s maritime history.

Throughout the weekend there will be ship tours, canon battles, pirate and mermaid encounters and more

During the Sunset Parade Sails, ships such as the Brig Pilgrim, the Spirit of Dana Point, the Bill of Rights, the Californian, the Curlew, the Exy Johnson and the Irving Johnson put up their sails and took a cruise in the harbor.

For more information about the festival, visit www.ocean-institute.org.

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