Dunkirk’s Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix 2019 and Music in Memorial Park

This will be a very busy weekend along the waterfront in the City of Dunkirk with many activities including Dunkirk’s Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix Races and Music in Memorial Park all weekend.

Dunkirk’s Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix:

Friday: Boat parade at 5 PM.  The parade will start on 6th Street and proceeding North on Central to the City Pier. Music in Memorial Park starting at 5:30 PM

Saturday: Boat trial/test runs from Noon-4 PM. Airshow during test intermission at about 1:00 – 1:15 PM. Music in Memorial Park starting at 5 PM.

Sunday: Boat Race starting at Noon and running thru 4 PM. Airshow during race intermission at about 1:00-1:15 PM. Music in Memorial Park starting at about 5:30 PM.

Traffic:

Please be aware that traffic will be congested on Friday between 5 PM and 6 PM on Central Ave. for the boat parade and during the morning and afternoon on Saturday and Sunday there will be traffic congestion along the entire waterfront for the boat races. Many streets will be closed or have limited access and parking in the Lakefront Blvd and Pine Street areas and Point Drive North/Cedar Beach area. There will be heavy congestion in the areas of the City Pier, Lake Shore Drive and Clarion Hotel. There will be very limited access to the City Pier on Saturday and Sunday. The boat launch will be open for LIGHT USE from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday and CLOSED from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday.

We are urging everyone to pay attention to posted no parking signage, traffic cones and please follow the directions of Police Officers and Fire Police who will be directing and controlling traffic. We want everyone to enjoy the festivities but we will tag and tow vehicles that violate posted/coned off no parking areas as we have to keep streets open for public safety and emergency services access. Please check the City Website dunkirktoday.com for alternative parking areas, bus shuttles and more details regarding this weekend’s activities.

Schedule of events for Dunkirk’s Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix 2019

Friday, August 16th

9:00 am – 5:00 pm RWO Race Village Open – Dunkirk City Lot (70 Lake Shore Dr. East)

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open – (At RWO Trailer) Dunkirk City Lot

4:30 pm Inspections – Technical & Safety (At RWO Trailer) Dunkirk City Lot

4:40 pm Depart For Parade Route

5:00 pm Start Parade on Central Ave.

5:30 pm Mayor Welcome RWO & Race Teams City Pier

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm M.A.C. Band – City Pier

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Racer Interviews VIP City Pier

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Fleetwood Mac Experience Tribute Band- Memorial Park

Saturday, August 17th

9:00 am – 7:00 pm RWO Race Village Open – Dunkirk City Lot (70 Lake Shore Dr. East)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Registration Open – (At RWO Trailer) Dunkirk City Lot

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Inspections – Technical & Safety (At RWO Trailer) Dunkirk City Lot

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Fueling (Behind Demetri’s – 9 Lake Shore Dr West)

11:00 am Cranes & Launch Open

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Official Test Time (Must be cleared through registration)

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Carol Pilon Wingwalker Air Show

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Official Test Time (Must be cleared through registration)

12:00 noon – 4:00 pm Viewing City Pier & Lakefront Blvd from Main St. to Serval St.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm The Freeze Band- City Pier

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm OCDC – AC/DC Tribute Band- City Pier

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Jersey – Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band- Memorial Park

Sunday, August 18th

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Fueling (Behind Demetri’s – 9 Lake Shore Dr West)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Crane & Boat Launch Open- Dunkirk City Pier

11:00 am- Viewing- City Pier & Lakefront Blvd from Main St. to Serval St.

12:00 noon – Race 1 (CLASSES TBD) Heat 1

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Carol Pilon Wingwalker Air Show

2:00 pm – Race 1 (CLASSES TBD) Heat 2

  Race 2 (CLASSES TBD)

4:00 pm – After conclusion – RWO Awards – Dunkirk City Pier

5:00 pm – Rockin’ Robin, The Floyd Concept (Pink Floyd Tribute Band)- Memorial Park

Dusk – Fireworks

Thank you for your cooperation and we hope you enjoy the festivities along our waterfront this weekend.

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