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HENDERSONVILLE — A team of master balloon artists are teaming up to create a massive sea-themed balloon display — with a pirate ship no less — culminating in a parade down Main Street at noon on Saturday, May 8.

The Balloon Festival is hosted by the Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team.

Eight balloon artists will create a massive pirate ship, complete with captain and crew, and hundreds of fish and sea creatures. The build will kick off at the Historic Courthouse plaza starting Thursday, May 6, and continue throughout the day Friday and into Saturday morning.

A parade of costumed sea creatures will then swim down Main Street at noon on Saturday from the Aquarium to the ship, which will remain on display at the courthouse until 5 p.m, with family-friendly activities at the courthouse and at the Center for the Arts.

The Balloon Festival is a fundraiser for the Aquarium. For more information, click here.