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Old City Seaport Festival Partners and Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

Columbus Day Weekend (October 10, 11 &12), Independence Seaport Museum – in partnership with Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild – will launch the 3rd Annual Old City Seaport Festival, a vibrant, family-friendly celebration of all things maritime, featuring majestic Tall Ships – including Gazela, Pride of Baltimore II, Mystic Whaler, AJ Meerwald  and El Galeon Andalucia along with the Tug Boat Jupiter and graceful antique and classic boats!

The Old City Seaport Festival will have something for everyone: a live pirate battle, day sails on tall ships, live music and roving performers; a Pirate Lair of kids’ activities; craft vendors;a beer garden; and boats on land and filling the marina! Tall Ship festivals typically draw thousands of visitors and we expect approximately 5,000 to 8,000 people to visit over the course of the weekend, energizing the Delaware River waterfront and Old City and connecting Philadelphia to its maritime heritage. 

About our partners:

Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is a non profit corporation whose fundamental purpose is to design, develop and manage the central Delaware River waterfront. DRWC is transforming the waterfront into a vibrant destination for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia. DRWC owns and operates the Race Street Pier, the Blue Cross RiverRink, while the Summer Programs of Free Events at Penn's Landing is funded and produced by DRWC. The Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia's outdoor public ice rink, is located on Columbus Boulevard at Market Street and opens for the season on November 23, 2012. For more information, visit www.delawareriverevents.com or www.riverink.com.

Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild

The Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild owns and operates the 1901 Wooden Barkentine Gazela (formerly Gazela Primeiro) and the Lighter Barge Poplar, which serves as the Guild's workshop. The Guild also maintains and operates the 1902 Iron TugboatJupiter, owned by Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. The home port of all vessels is Penn's Landing, Philadelphia on Columbus Boulevard at Market Street. For up to date information on what’s happening aboard the ships go to www.gazela.org

Philadelphia Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) was formed in 1998. ACBS is comprised of people who have a common love of classic wooden boats. ACBS believes that roaring around in a beautifully varnished mahogany runabout is among the best pleasures of life. The Philadelphia Chapter of the ACBS sponsors a variety of boat shows throughout the boating season, organizes member get-togethers so fellow boat owners or prospective boat owners can share experiences, and generally provides a comfortable environment to explore old boats.

Traditional Small Craft Association - Delaware River Chapter

The Traditional Small Craft Association (TSCA) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization that works to preserve and continue the living traditions, skills, lore and legends surrounding working and pleasure watercraft powered by paddle, oar or sail. The Association encourages design, construction and use of such boats, and it embraces contemporary variants and adaptations of traditional designs. The Delaware River Chapter of the TSCA is a regional organization providing enjoyable, yet practical links between users, designers, builders, restorers, historians, rowers, paddlers, sailors, government and maritime institutions.