Liverpool reverberated to sound of drums, whistles and cheers as The Tall Ships’ Races crews took to the streets in the traditional Crew Parade. Starting at the Piazza in front of the BT Convention Centre, the crews paraded out around Salthouse Dock and back to the Convention Centre before going inside for a sports prize giving.
Many of the vessels had crew changes today, with more due tomorrow, but regardless of whether the crews had been involved in delivering the vessel to Liverpool or will be crewing in the race to Maløy, they made the most of the opportunity to let off some steam and thank Liverpool for their hospitality.
The wind fairly whipped across the piazza making it hard for the crews to keep hold of their flags and banners, but at least the sun came out which meant the public got to enjoy a wonderful spectacle. The navy crews of Cuauhtemoc and Cisne Branco stood out with their startling white uniforms, while other crews made make-shift disguises including a dragon.
The crews will tonight enjoy a party before taking part in some cultural tours tomorrow, including a Beatles Story tour.