Fleet Week 2009: NYC Celebrates Navy Servicemen and Women
Thousands of servicemen and women have flooded the streets of New York for Fleet Week 2009. This is the 22nd year for the event, highlighted by a parade of military vessels floating down the Hudson River.
This year's edition was somewhat scaled down, with only two major warships on the Hudson River. Ships from the US Coast Guard and the Canadian military also took part.
As anyone who seen the Fleet Week episode of Sex in the City can tell you, Fleet Week isn't just about warships. It's also a time for seamen to let loose. No doubt countless sailors will hit the streets of New York during Fleet Week 2009 in uniform looking for a good time.
Many local businesses are preparing for a busy week, including many exotic entertainment establishments.
As Fleet Week rolls into town Tuesday, one Manhattan strip club will be waiting with a special drink called the Drunken Captain and, the owners say, all proceeds will go back to the troops.
HeadQuarters, located just blocks from the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on the West Side, is selling the cocktail for $16 during Fleet Week. Military personnel can buy it for $10.
Fleet Week runs from Wednesday May 20 to May 26.
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