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pro­fes­sional per­for­mances for chil­dren.

The fes­ti­val will kick off with a new Chil­dren’s Pirate Pa­rade, led by “Cap­tain Papil­lion.” Pirate at­tire is en­cour­aged for all ages. Through­out the day, chil­dren can ex­plore a host of free ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing touch tanks and sea crit­ters with Project Oceanol­ogy and hands-on dis­cov­ery ac­tiv­i­ties with dozens of lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

As part of the fes­ti­val’s ex­pan­sion, lo­cal com­mu­nity youth pro­grams will be high­lighted on a new stage fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of dance and karate stu­dios, youth choirs and bands. Pro­fes­sional chil­dren’s per­form­ers will be fea­tured at the City Pier Stage, in­clud­ing Cap­tain Papil­lion, Che Cartafalsa and Geoff Kauf­man, Steve Elci, and the Com­edy on De­mand Com­edy Troupe.

Chil­dren and fam­i­lies can stroll the pier to learn about real work­ing boats, such as the U.S. Coast Guard Cut­ter Ea­gle, the “Mys­tic Whaler,” tug­boats “Pa­tri­cia Ann” and “John Paul” from Cross Sound Ferry Ser­vices and the New London Com­mu­nity Boat­ing’s youth sail­ing pro­gram.

Sev­eral of the na­tion­ally renowned chil­dren’s book au­thors and il­lus­tra­tors fea­tured at Fish Tales will dis­cuss books about the sea. Can­dace Stan­ford’s book tells the his­tory of Capt. Nathaniel Brown Palmer of Ston­ing­ton, who dis­cov­ered the con­ti­nent of Antarc­tica at the age of 21. The se­ries, “Un­der­sea En­coun­ters,” by Mary Jo Rhodes, ex­plores un­der­wa­ter fa­vorites, such as sea horses, sea tur­tles and kelp forests. For a com­plete list­ing of au­thors, visit the New London Main Street web­site.

Fish Tales is free and open to the pub­lic. Food, bev­er­ages and re­tail items will be avail­able for pur­chase along the Water­front Park. High­lights in­clude Michael’s Dairy Ice Cream, which will present its new ice cream fla­vor, Buried Trea­sure.

At­ten­dees are en­cour­aged to bring a new or gen­tly used chil­dren’s book to do­nate to the Whale’s Tales Book Bank, which con­trib­utes more than 5,000 books to New London youth each year through this pro­gram.

Fish Tales, Tugs and Sails is co-pro- duced by New London Main Street, Pub­lic Li­brary of New London, Mitchell Col­lege, Michael’s Dairy, New London Youth Af­fairs and the U.S. Cus­tom House Mu­seum in New London.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call (860) 4442489 or visit www.newlon­don­main­street.org.

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