Tribute to Delta Queen planned for Tuesday at Mississippi riverfront in Cape Girardeau

Thursday, October 23, 2008

To celebrate what could be the Delta Queen's last visit to Cape Girardeau, the city, along with Majestic America Lines, will hold a tribute to the historic steamboat at the Mississippi riverfront.

The event will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, but the time is subject to change. The event will include performances by the Delta Queen Band and singers, calliope music, a presentation of thanks for the city's hospitality and a presentation on the boat's history and attempts to obtain an exemption from federal law to allow it to operate.

The Delta Queen has been cruising the Mississippi and other major rivers under an exemption to maritime laws banning overnight excursion boats with wooden superstructures. Attempts to extend the exemption have failed in Congress.

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