Pride and Sailabration part of historic celebrations in Baltimore

Yes, this isn’t exactly a great vantage point for the parade.

Baltimore’s gay scene and supporters lined Charles St. for the annual Baltimore Prideparade and block party (the latter I currently do not have pictures of at the moment) on Saturday. Many local businesses, charitable organizations, congregations, clinics and advocacy groups participated with floats, vehicles and marchers greeted a highly energetic crowd — inebriated on certain blocks — on what was a fairly hot but beautiful summer day.

DC’s Different Drummers approached this section of Charles St. while playing their take on Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”

Instead of a double rainbow, how about a human rainbow?

Above the loud background music playing from a stage set up on Eager St. and various portions of the parade, the deafening sounds of fighter jets roared through the sky as the Blue Angels performed stunts throughout Baltimore airspace. With shows going on since Thursday, the Angels were a part of a larger set of festivities centered in the Inner Harbor celebrating the 200th anniversary of that little American embarrassment of 1812.

A poster offers visitors an overview of the new additions to the Inner Harbor for the commemorative weekend.

“Sailabration” featured a number of larger vessels tied up along the waterfront, demonstrations and tents provided by various groups, companies and the navy, as well as a marina jammed packed with boats to mark the occasion.

Imagine trying to navigate through all of that mess with all of those other boats moving at the same time. I thought the shuttle detours between Homewood and JHMI were hard enough to handle.

As a refresher, the Battle of Baltimore was a decisive turning point in the War of 1812 for the Americans, having lost Washington D.C. in the face of the British campaign up the East Coast. While observing the resilience of American soldiers stationed at Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write a little poem you all probably have heard of at one point or another. Later set to the tune of an English drinking song, Key’s poem is now our country’s theme song… Go find your own link.

— Ian Yu, Managing Editor

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