New Orleans Navy Week will be just a little bit bigger this year.

For the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Bicentennial of the Star Spangled Banner, tall ships and military vessels from around the world and the nation will be in New Orleans during NOLA Navy Week, April 17-23, 2012, according to New Orleans Navy Week website.

In addition to a week of tours and other events, the Navy’s Blue Angels will host two air shows over Lake Pontchartrain April 21 and 22. Saturday’s show will be from 1-4 p.m. and Sunday’s show will be 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Thousands of sailors will descend upon the city, according to the Navy Week website, for sports activities and community service to restore areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, and visits to hospitals. There will also be a seafood cook-off featuring Navy chefs and Louisiana chefs at Woldenburg Park April 20 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

NOLA Navy Week is a kickoff to a three-year commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 that will also end in New Orleans in 2015. Other ports the tall ships and military vessels will visit are the Atlantic Coast in New York, Norfolk, Baltimore, Boston, and New London, Conn. Commemoration events in the Great Lakes will take place in Milwaukee, Chicago, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, and Buffalo.

A full schedule of events, parking, costs for April 17-23 is available at:

http://nolanavyweek.com/schedule-of-events-april-17-23-2012.html

Ship Arrival Times on Tuesday, April 17:

• 3:30 p.m. – HMS Montrose-Britain at the Thalia Street Wharf

• 2:00 p.m. – HMCS St John’s-Canada Thalia Street Wharf

• 3:30 p.m. – USS Wasp at the Julia Street Wharf

• 2:00 p.m. – USCG Eagle (US Tall Ship) at the Bienville Street Wharf

• 2:30 p.m. – Dewaruci-Indonesian Tall Ship at the Bienville Street Wharf

• 3:00 p.m. – BAE Guayas-Ecuadoran Tall Ship at the Bienville Street Wharf

• 3:00 p.m. – FS Germinal (France) at the Esplanade Street Wharf

• 2:00 p.m. – USS Mitscher at the Gov. Nichols Street Wharf

• 2:30 p.m. – USS De Wert at the Gov. Nichols Street Wharf

The ships will be spread on the East bank of the Mississippi River from Erato Street to Upper Poland Avenue. A map showing the planned berthing locations is at http://nolanavyweek.com/#!prettyPhoto/0/