In April of 2012, the port of New Orleans hosted "Operation Sail," an international assembly of oceangoing tall ships. Sailing vessels from France, Brazil, Mexico, and Indonesia, led by the United States Coast Guard cutter "Eagle" passed Chalmette Battlefield on their way upriver to New Orleans to mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
Park rangers and volunteers assembled at the river's edge, dressed in the attire of citizen soldiers, US military, and Baratarian pirates of the War of 1812. As the parade of ships passed, living history reenactors fired the battlefield's cannons in salute. After a week in port, the tall ships continued on to Norfolk, Baltimore, New York, Boston, and New London.