Aw yiss: Webcams to watch the giant duck and Tall Ships in Duluth

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One day into the Talls Ships Festival in Duluth, and people have already shown up in droves (because come on, who doesn't want to see a giant rubber duck?).

FOX 21 says thousands of people lined the lakefront when the tall ships passed under the Aerial Lift Bridge for Thursday afternoon's Parade of Sail.

Organizers say the 2016 edition will be the biggest Tall Ships Duluth of them all (even if the world's largest Viking ship couldn't make the trip as planned). The Duluth News Tribune had a chat with some of the attendees, who were wowed by the giant vessels.

Though traffic wasn't necessarily a blast for people trying to get to work – one Reddit user, who was very unhappy with the giant duck, said his work commute took him 2 1/2 hours rather than about 20 minutes.

Watch the tall ships online!

Even if you can't physically make it to the festival, there are some ways to check in online via all the webcams.

Maybe the most fruitful website for digital Tall Ship watching – DuluthHarborCam.com. The site has links to a canal cam, a bridge cam, a bayfront cam, a harbor cam, a Pier B cam, a GLA cam (which gives a nice wide view) and more.

Not all will provide a great view of the Tall Ships Festival, but it does let you bounce around from angle to angle easily.

Here's a screengrab from the bayfront cam Friday morning. Click on the image to go to the live cam.

The Duluth News Tribune has a harbor cam up – it's embedded below, or click here to watch it:

[ustream id="18594032" live="1" hwaccel="0" width="480" height="270"]

WDIO has a harbor cam too, but it appears to be still photos updated regularly, not live video.

The Lake Superior Marine Museum has a camera that's up a little higher and provides a decent view. Click the image below, or this link, to go to the site. They have an angle pointing back at the Lift Bridge too.

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