Tall Ship’s Festival LA 2014 & One Big Rubber Duck!!!

by mitzimsa on August 22, 2014

World’s Largest Rubber Duck Comes To LA!

Rubber DuckThe waters of the world are her bath tub…Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck will grace the Port of Los Angeles for its west coast debut at the Tall Ship’s Festival LA, Aug 20-24! I want to point out that the 6 story Rubber Duck is non gender, since I’m such a girly girl anything this cute has to be a she in my mind. As if a Big Rubber Duck isn’t cute enough a baby chick has been franticly roaming around LA like a ship without water looking for her parent. My guess is a strong current pushed her into the LA Harbor back in July before her mama’s arrival. The little chick has been sighted roaming the streets and waterways of Los Angeles. She’s was spotted Downtown LA, Los Angeles Zoo, the Botanical Gardens and once she got close to the waters of Venice Beach. She made friends with Bailey LA Kings Mascot, Mayor Tom Tait of Anaheim and even checked in with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in hope of a few pointers of where she could possibly find her momma. With every encounter she was spreading the word to Angelinos near and far that her momma was on her way to escort 12 tall ships into the Los Angeles Harbor at the Tall Ship’s Festival!

Making A Splash!!

August 20th 7:45 am The day has arrived and I was there…I was more than excited when I spotted the World’s Largest Rubber Duck moving slowly towards me from under the Vincent Thomas Bridge on her way to the Downtown Harbor! I instantly felt myself go into a child like state of mind. I could not wait for her to get close enough for my selfie I won’t say how many attempts I made while I waited for my close up, just see for yourself below please don’t judge!!


After the morning excitement of her arrival, I chatted with some of the other admirers and took liberty of taking additional pictures of that big duck docked at the Downtown Harbor Outlook. While waiting for the afternoon parade I took in some other sights of San Pedro and found a nice little mom pop diner to have breakfast.

With a few hours to kill and feeling a bit tired from the anticipation of the arrival of the World’s Largest Duck I decided to take a nap right outside of the dock where she was parked. It was nice to see people pull up and run out of their cars to take photos and selfies with the Rubber Duckie! While taking my siesta I could hear people shrieking, ooing, aahing and laughing as they encountered the Big Yellow Duck!   Once I came out of my slumber I looked to my right and Rubber Duckie was gone, while sleeping her time had come to go take her position at the front of the line for the parade!

All Aboard Battleship Iowa

Off to the top of the bow of the USS Iowa to watch the massive duck escort the tall ships into the harbor. All of a sudden in the clear of the breakfront I could see her head, before long she rounded the corner in all her glory surrounded by the tall ships the announcer aboard the USS Iowa called the ships by name one by one as they passed before me.

The day was a special day for me having an encounter with the world’s largest duck just tickled me pink! Watching the beautiful tall ship’s coming into the harbor and going on my hometown name sake battle ship, made me proud to call myself an Iowan as always. But, of all honors that could be bestowed up on me on a day that I was feeling so very special…I was labled a Duck Groupie!!!

Kiss of the Rubber DuckCome one come all this Rubber Duck will be serving up smiles all weekend long! This a chance in a life time experience so sail on down to the Port of Los Angeles for the Tall Ship’s Festival LA 2014 where you can get up close and personal with a childhood friend , go aboard the USS Battleship Iowa and enjoy the food of 50+ food trucks during the festival.

Festival Hours: Saturday, Aug. 23-Sunday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.   Tickets and pre-paid parking: www.tallshipsfestivalla.com/ or call 877-4FLY-TIX.


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