Because you know Facebook needed more giant duck photos.
The six-story tall inflatable duck that became the runaway hit of last week's Tall Ships Festival will be doing an encore tour around the Port of Los Angeles now that the festival is over.
The Port of Los Angeles is launching the “Duck Days of Summer” on Monday, with events planned for the next two weeks to satisfy the rubber duck fever that took the region by storm.
The highly publicized attraction was thought to be among the major pulls for the Tall Ships Festival that hit its capacity crowds over the weekend.
By 4 p.m. Sunday, the festival's closing day, signs went up letting people know that while online ticket holders would get in, no more tickets would sold at the gate as the festival, set to close at 6 p.m., was officially sold out.
Four lanes of bumper-to-bumper traffic backed up along several miles on the 110 Freeway as festivalgoers poured into town. Gaffey Street also was completely clogged as the final closing time approached.
Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino intervened by midafternoon Sunday to keep the gates open when discussions among Port Police and Caltrans suggested the festival might have to close a couple of hours early due to the overwhelming traffic and crowds.
While there are no firm numbers, some estimates had the weekend attendance alone at 225,000 to 250,000. Original predictions for attendance at the five-day event that opened last Wednesday were around 330,000.
But for those who missed the festival, the next two weeks will offer at least a chance to see the giant duck close up.
“Our intent is to let everybody see this,” said port spokesman Phillip Sanfield of the giant duck. “Each day we'll be doing something a little bit different.”
And it's all free.
On Monday afternoon, through Wednesday (which is International Duck Day), the 61-foot-tall celebrity will be back in its original berth at the Downtown Harbor plaza near Harbor Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets. Many cried foul when the duck was moved from the new $32 million central boardwalk — just 24 hours after arriving in town Wednesday — to the main part of the Tall Ships Festival being staged farther north along the waterfront near the World Cruise Center.
The duck will be brought into the Downtown Harbor sometime Monday afternoon.
The duck will then be towed to Banning's Landing on the Wilmington waterfront for Thursday (Youth Duck Day) and Friday, when environmental programs about local water quality and wildlife will be presented by port staff.
There will be no appearances during the three-day Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30 through Sept. 1) as the duck will be “on holiday,” Sanfield said, explaining that the cheerful floatable will retreat into seclusion for some much-needed rest and privacy.
Come Sept. 2, the duck will be brought back to the Downtown Harbor plaza for five more days of events, including presentations by the International Bird Rescue center (Sept. 2), a canned food drive (Sept. 3), Dress Like a Duck Day (Sept. 4) and another youth day (Sept. 5).
It all builds up to what will be the grand finale on Sept. 6 — Duck Dance Day (3-5 p.m.), followed by the ceremonial farewell as the duck is towed away for good at 5 p.m.
“We expect thousands more to come see it after the festival and to shop and be in the downtown area,” Sanfield said.