Reporting Derek Valcourt
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Big crowds are still enjoying the sights and sounds of Sailabration. The week-long event is well underway in Baltimore’s Harbor as Maryland celebrates the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
Derek Valcourt has more on a special concert with a political flare.
Hundreds watched the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra honor Sailabration with the premiere of a specially commissioned piece called the Overture of 2012.
But it was hundreds of thousands that packed the Inner Harbor once again on Sunday.
Visiting sailors, tourists, and lifelong Maryland residents took advantage of all the Harbor had to offer, including tours of the tall ships.
“We’re walking around now looking at them and they’re really nice,” said one person.
For father and son Kevin and James Morton, it made great Father’s Day bonding.
“And had some lunch at the Harbor and walked around. Yeah, we checked out the Brazilian ship over there. It was pretty cool,” they said.
But for many the real show was in the air.
Once again on Sunday, the Blue Angels gave a repeat performance of their stunning airshow in the skies over Baltimore, packing the grounds around Fort McHenry– the perfect opportunity for some family fun with dad.
“It feels fantastic! My dad is one of the best around. He set a great example for all of us kids and I’m happy to spend the day with him,” Mary Fiore said. “It’s beautiful– beautiful day, beautiful weather, good people. What better way to spend Father’s Day?”
Even Gov. Martin O’Malley got in on the Sailabration action with a rare performance from his Celtic rock band, O’Malley’s March.
A lot of this fun ends Tuesday morning when all these tall ships and warships leave the Inner Harbor in what they are calling a Parade of Sail.