Fleet Week in New York kicked off this morning with The Parade of Sail and The Military Parade of Ships in New York Harbor. The tall ships led the way, followed by the warships. The muted blues, greens, and battleship grays of this morning's overcast and hazy sky gave the flotilla the look of a maritime painting. The bright spots in these pictures belong to the shimmering sails of tall ships, the sailors in their crisp Navy uniforms, and to a seagull who often floated into the scene.
Fleet Week continues through May 30, 2012. Events include special performances, ship tours, and special exhibits. More information at the Intrepid event page.
Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from the morning of May 23, 2012. I happened to be on Governors Island for a preview of Cooper-Hewitt's design exhibition there, so I had a good vantage point to see a few boats in the flotilla.