The Tall Ships Festival has set sail on the Delaware River, bringing majestic ships - and the world's largest rubber duck - to the Philadelphia and Camden waterfronts.

The event begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.

The festival showcases domestic and international vessels, including a replica of the French warship Hermione, which brought the Marquis de Lafayette and his forces to join the American Revolution in 1780.

Attendees can view and tour the 13 ships, which include the Gazela, Philadelphia's official tall ship.

The procession on the Delaware this year includes Mama Duck, the largest known rubber duck in the world. A tug is slated to pull the 11-ton duck, which has drawn huge crowds in other cities, to Camden's riverfront Thursday afternoon.

There's also entertainment that includes performances, beer gardens and vendors.