SHOWS OF PATRIOTISM:
Two all-American celebrations are slated for tomorrow -- one in the harbor area and another not all that far east.
The one "nearby" the harbor is the 54th annual "I Am an American Day Parade," starting at 2 p.m. in Highlandtown. You'll see high school marching bands, floats and a parachute jump by members of the Maryland Air National Guard -- and a bunch of politicians. The parade starts at Bank Street and ends at Linden and Eastern avenues.
Tomorrow night, observe the state's annual Defenders' Day -- commemorating the 178th anniversary of Baltimore's successful defense against the British in 1814 -- celebration with booming cannons, crackling muskets and fireworks at Fort McHenry.
The Fort McHenry Guard and Band, in full military dress of the period, will re-enact the British attack on Baltimore in the annual Defenders' Day celebration, which begins at 6:30 p.m. The program and parking are free.
Treat yourself to some corned beef and cabbage as you watch the Na Fianna Irish Pipe Band and the Amhrani Na Gaelige Men's Chorus at the Irish Festival, under way this weekend at Festival Hall, Pratt and Sharp streets.
Other performers include Billy McComiskey, Ellis Island, Dogs among the Bushes and the Denney Irish Dancers. You'll find delectable dishes and handmade crafts, too.
Hours: noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. hTC Admission: $4; seniors $3; kids under 12 free.
The Korean community sponsors the summer's last ethnic festival next weekend. There's no admission fee for this one, so pencil it in. More details next week.