The 6th annual Baltimore Waterfront Festival

Today thru Sunday

Special Festival Guide

April 24, 2003|By Molly Knight | Molly Knight,Sun Staff

Ah, springtime in Baltimore. Flowers bloom. A gentle breeze flutters. You throw open your front door, look up at a crisp azure sky and suddenly -- as if intoxicated by the wind and the perfumed aroma of your window box -- you are drawn to the Inner Harbor. With a bounce in your stride, you follow the scent of sea salt and the sight of tall, majestic masts. Along the way you think to yourself: Nothing can trouble me on such a fine day.

Except, perhaps, the phalanx of tour buses that have crept slowly toward the harbor earlier in the morning, depositing hundreds of tourists. They have come to take in the waterfront, to snap photographs and purchase T-shirts and postcards to show their love for one of the city's main attractions.

The thing is, we love it, too.

Which is why, beginning today, Baltimoreans are invited to celebrate the Inner Harbor at the sixth annual Baltimore Waterfront Festival. The four-day festival features everything from yacht races and cooking demonstrations to concerts and children's theater.

Throughout the weekend, two stately yachts -- Courageous and Freedom -- will glide majestically around the harbor in a series of demonstration sails presented by the America's Cup 12-Meter Regatta. The yachts will also be docked at the Inner Harbor's Finger Piers for public viewing.

Now is the time to stroll over to the Inner Harbor. To snap pictures, buy T-shirts and express your love for the waterfront. Our waterfront.

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