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Celebrating Harborfest 2017!

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ELEVEN crew members. THREE jam-packed days filled with non-stop celebration. THIRTEEN nautical miles, which brought together loved ones, food, drinks, entertainment, and Naval pride. Norfolk Harborfest 2017 was the place to be!

crowd gathering on the harbor
The crowd filling on Friday morning for the kickoff event, the Parade of Sails.

If you have never experienced Norfolk’s Harborfest this is your chance to get an all access pass to the action! We partnered with Festevents from June 9th-June 11th to cover the event, which took place at Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk. Starting Friday morning, people of all ages flocked to Downtown Norfolk to witness all of the magic happening at the 41st Annual Norfolk Harborfest. As Towne Point Park filled throughout the weekend, it was clear why Harborfest is known as the largest, longest running, free maritime festival in the nation!

Caught this guy grooving and couldn’t pass by without busting a move together!

The entire weekend is stuffed with FREE family fun action that occurs on both land and sea. With water events, tall ships to explore, and live entertainers throughout the weekend, there is so much to see! To top it off, Saturday night featured the largest fireworks show on the East Coast!

One of the awesome ships that passed through during the Parade of Sails on Friday morning.

This year was even more special than usual as we celebrated the 100-year anniversary of Naval Station Norfolk. In order to honor this momentous occasion, the City of Norfolk and the Navy teamed up to surprise not only the crowd but also one very special family by uniting a sailor with her young son and her husband on the main stage in front of hundreds of proud Americans.

We split up our crew to make sure we covered everything and anything that was going on during the event. We were constantly on the move with so much happening! With 27 musical performances happening, including Travis Tritt, Sister Sledge, and Los Lobos– just to name a few, 11 tall ships coming from the United States, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, and Spain, and over 50 food and drink vendors; you probably caught us sprinting from one thing to another. In between all of that we had a blast stalking Harborfest-goers to grab an interview on how they felt about the event.

When Dominique and Karla are covering interviews you know we’re gonna have some fun!

Our crew was nothing short of amazing this year- especially when it came to a ONE DAY EDIT! Who does that?! After gathering all of our shooters’ footage from the past three days, our Video Lead and Editing Extraordinaire Chandler KILLED it with an edit done in just a few hours. In just a week, our highlight video has already surpassed 30,000 views. SAY WHAT?!

The last surviving members of our crew on Sunday afternoon. Still alive, but barely breathing…

We’re already counting down the days until Harborfest 2018, but in the meantime we’ll just have to keep watching our highlight video from this year to relive the excitement. Take a look at our first cut here: