The opening ceremony of the 14th annual Coronado Speed Festival received a dose of excitement, with a performance by the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Navy Leap Frogs.
The ceremony was held at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) in Coronado on Saturday, as part of Fleet Week San Diego. Fleet Week San Diego consist of a series of public events, which serve as an occasion for local residents and visitors to commemorate the accomplishments of Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen.
Almost twenty thousand people attended the event, according to the feature. Spectators were able to watch more than 250 vintage cars engage in races on the runways at NASNI, as well as look at an estimated 1,500 classic cars, which were on display.
The morning started out rather cloudy, but eventually opened up in time for the performance of the Navy Leap Frogs. The performance included a bi-plane maneuver, where two jumpers stacked their canopies; three other jumpers flew a POW/MIA flag, a checkered flag, as well as an American flag with differently-colored smoke. The national anthem was sung by Musician 3rd Class Spencer Haasenritter, and the last jumper, carrying the American flag, landed just as the Star-Spangled Banner concluded.
Capt. Yancy B. Lindsey, commanding officer of Naval Base Coronado, shared: “The Leap Frogs are awesome… They really add a great dimension to Coronado Speed Festival. Navy SEALs – American people love them, they love to see them so it’s really not the opening ceremonies without the Leap Frogs.”