Anti-Arctic drilling kayaktivists hold ‘Shell No’ protest

A small flotilla of kayakers and other protest boats follows as the oil drilling rig Polar Pioneer is towed toward a dock Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Elliott Bay in Seattle. The rig is the first of two drilling rigs Royal Dutch Shell is outfitting for oil exploration and was towed to the Port of Seattle site despite the city's warning that it lacks permits and threats by kayaking environmentalists to paddle out in protest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) – Activists say they will launch a flotilla of protesters in kayaks and canoes on Seattle’s Elliott Bay to show their opposition to Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean.

The “Paddle in Seattle” planned for Saturday comes two days after the arrival of a towering Shell drilling rig at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5.

Organizers are calling the event a family friendly festival and on-the-water protest by what they are calling kayaktivists to say “Shell No” to drilling in the Arctic.

In addition to kayaks and canoes, organizers are bringing in a 4,000-square-foot barge called the People’s Platform that’s powered by renewable energy.

The barge is intended as a contrast to the Polar Pioneer, the drilling rig parked just a quarter mile away.

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