A 1200-strong parade of ships’ crews from around the world will make its way through the streets of Sunderland today as part of the Tall Ships events.
The Crew Parade will set off from the Civic Centre at 3pm and the route will go along Burdon Road, across Wearmouth Bridge, down to Bonnersfield, finishing at the stage area at St Peters Campus.
The crews will be accompanied by Close Act, a walkabout group of electro-drummers on stilts from The Netherlands and 50 Hell's Angel's bikers from Sunderland.
The parade ends with the Crew Prize-giving Ceremony at St Peter’s, led by Sail Training International – which organises the Races - and attended by The Mayor of Sunderland.
Joining the ships’ crews, who will parade in the alphabetical order of their ships, will be 152 sail trainees from Sunderland – about to embark on the experience of a lifetime when they take part in the races.