Five tall ships have joined the Elissa for Galveston's first tall ships festival on Thursday. The festival was kicked off with a parade of the six vessels along the Gulf Coast. Thousands of spectators watched from Seawall and prepared for a weekend full of events on Harborside Drive. The Galveston Historical Foundation is hosting the festival in a partnership with Tall Ships America and officials expect more than 60,000 visitors. Festivalgoers will be able to take tall ship harbor tours and visit the ships in port at Pier 21 and Pier 22. Officials hope the weekend goes well so Galveston can begin hosting the festival every three years.