Barbecue, bicycling, art, tours mark Portsmouth Coast Guard City Celebration

5th Coast Guard District NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard and the City of Portsmouth celebrated the service’s 221st birthday and their long mutual history with a variety of events here that concluded Saturday.

Included in the schedule of the Portsmouth Coast Guard City Celebration were the First Responders BBQ and Slaw Throwdown on Thursday, a Coast Guard Art and Aviation exhibit on Thursday and Friday, and a 100-mile bike tour and a street festival Saturday, which included games, rides and tours of the Coast Guard Cutters Elm and Beluga.

The City of Portsmouth was designated an official “Coast Guard City” in November 2009. As a Coast Guard City, Portsmouth honored the service with this annual event.

Local Coast Guard Commanders Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker and Rear Adm. William “Dean” Lee thanked the city for its hospitality during closing ceremonies at High Street Landing on Saturday, and Portsmouth Mayor Kenneth I. Wright expressed his appreciation for the service of Coast Guard personnel stationed here as well as the long relationship between the city and the service.

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