A record crowd of 1.5 million people attended 3-day Artscape festival

July 22, 1996|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF

Fabulous weather, record crowds and good vibrations converged on Baltimore's Mount Royal Avenue yesterday as Artscape wound up its 15th year as the city's biggest and most visible celebration of the arts.

"This seems to be the most cheerful, happiest crowd we've ever had," said Artscape '96 spokeswoman Jane Vallery-Davis.

Baltimore police estimated that more than 700,000 people turned out yesterday to stroll among the art exhibits, food booths and concert stages, bringing the three-day total to 1.5 million. It was the biggest Artscape crowd, thanks in large measure to the best Artscape weather anyone could recall.

Vendors and exhibitors ducked a tornado as they set up Friday, and battled high winds Saturday.

Police said they had little trouble, even as the festival experimented with its first beer booths. Three juveniles were arrested at 2 a.m. Sunday suspected of vandalizing an exhibit.

Pub Date: 7/22/96

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