Los Angeles port welcomes massive rubber duck

Sheila Gonzales, a community program manager for the Port of Los Angeles, kisses an inflatable rubber duck on the steps of City Hall on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. The duck is promoting the Tall Ships Festival L.A., a daylong celebration of tall ships on Aug. 20, 2014. This year’s festival features an oversized duck by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, whose Rubber Duck project has brought the world’s largest ducks to harbors across the world, including Japan, Brazil, Australia and Taiwan. (AP Photo/Matt Hamilton)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Port of Los Angeles is welcoming an unusual visitor — the world's biggest bath toy.

A 60-foot-tall rubber duck sailed into port Wednesday to kick off the Tall Ships Festival LA. It will remain in the harbor through Sunday.

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman debuted the duck in 2007 and versions of it have been seen around the world in places including China, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

A festival spokesman says the duck is just one of the features of the weeklong event that comes to LA every three years.

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