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    Tall ship parade planned to mark War of 1812

    Military ships from Norway, Colombia, Brazil, and a number of other countries will be steaming to Boston for the week of July Fourth to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s mayor, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, and other officials said Tuesday at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Four majestic tall ships will glide into Boston Harbor to join them.

    “It’s an opportunity for cultural exploration and diplomatic exploration,” said Chris O’Brien, executive director of Operation Sail, the nonprofit coordinating the bicentennial activities with the US Navy.

    Waterfront festivities will ­include a 45-minute aerial demonstration at noon on July Fourth by the Navy’s Blue ­Angels, which will coincide with the Fourth of July turnaround of the USS Constitution.

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    The Navy Yard will host the US Coast Guard’s Eagle and ­Juniper ships, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ­Administration’s Thomas Jefferson research vessel, and Denmark’s HDMS Esbern Snare.

    South Boston’s Fish Pier will host the OpSail fleet of tall ships, which will include Cisne Branco from Brazil, Guayas from Ecuador, Gloria from ­Colombia, and the Dewaruci from Indonesia.

    Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com; Martin Finucane at mfinucane@globe.com.