New London's maritime history dates back hundreds of years and the city will celebrate that rich history this weekend.
The Hope Week Parade will march through the streets of downtown New London on Saturday, starting at Williams Park at 10 a.m. The parade ends at Parade Plaza, where the giant Whale's Tail fountain will be turned on for the first time at noon. The piece of public art celebrates the heritage of the "Whaling City" and will pump 250 gallons of water a minute from the tail.
From there, head to the Custom House Maritime Museum at 150 Bank Street for its third annual "Chowda Fest." Five area restaurants will be competing for best chowder and you can be one of the judges! Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
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