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Tall Ships 2017 festival in Boston reportedly receives government’s highest event-security risk rating

Millions are expected to come out to Boston this Saturday for the spectacle of Tall Ships sailing into the harbor for Sail Boston 2017. The Parade of Sail will welcome more than 50 vessels from around the world into Boston Harbor, and the anticipated large crowds and foreign ships mark the ceremonial event as a high security risk. A report by the Boston Globe[1] said the Tall Ships event is considered a higher risk than events like the Boston Marathon and the Boston Pops’ Fourth of July celebration. Massachusetts’ Undersecretary for Homeland Security Patrick McMurray told the Globe[2] that the event is ranked as “special event assessment rating 1,” a federal government standard.

Sam Adams brews ‘Tall Ships Ale’ for Sail Boston this weekend[3]

No specific threat has been identified, according to McMurray, but intense security will watch for potential threats from all angles — on land, in the ocean and in the air — from the Boston Seaport and neighboring Castle Island, to Deer Island in Winthrop, where most ships will be sailing in. The Globe[4] reports that a central operations room will contain staff from more than 40 state and federal agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The report follows recent terror attacks like the suicide bombing in Manchester and vehicle ramming and stabbing attack in London, where a combined 30 innocent people were killed.

Tall Ships Parade of Sail Boston: Your guide for where to eat and watch the ships roll in[5]

Spectators are prohibited from bringing certain items, and will be subject to screening checkpoints that will open at 7 a.m. around major viewing areas. Backpacks and large bags are not allowed, according to a list by Sail Boston[6]. Pets, wagons, coolers on wheels, drones, bicycles, glass containers and alcoholic beverages are also banned from the event.

There has been no exact estimate on how much the high security will cost. Sail Boston’s Executive Director Dusty Rhodes says spectators and visitors are expected to spend around $120 million during the event.

Here is the schedule for Sail Boston 2017, which will draw an international fleet of Tall Ships[7]

References

  1. ^ Boston Globe (www.bostonglobe.com)
  2. ^ Globe (www.bostonglobe.com)
  3. ^ Sam Adams brews ‘Tall Ships Ale’ for Sail Boston this weekend (www.masslive.com)
  4. ^ Globe (www.bostonglobe.com)
  5. ^ Tall Ships Parade of Sail Boston: Your guide for where to eat and watch the ships roll in (www.masslive.com)
  6. ^ list by Sail Boston (www.sailboston.com)
  7. ^ Here is the schedule for Sail Boston 2017, which will draw an international fleet of Tall Ships (www.masslive.com)

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