Just about noon Thursday, the Navy's Blue Angels arrived in town low and fast, diverting everyone's attention from the harbor full of colorful tall ships and brawny naval vessels. Children covered their ears and joggers stopped in their tracks as the blue jets roared overhead.
"Yikes!" said Beryl Williamson, 79, as she tried to follow the jets with her camera while handing hot dogs to her two young grandsons. "They're too fast for me. All I'm getting are pictures of empty sky."
The precision team will conduct a full practice over the water just south of Fort McHenry between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. today and then put on an air show about the same times Saturday and Sunday.
Friday's Sailabration highlights
11 a.m.: Festival Villages open at the Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry and Fells Point.
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Ships open for free tours at the Inner Harbor and Fells Point.
1 p.m.-4 p.m.: Blue Angels air show rehearsal, over the water south of Fort McHenry.
6 p.m.: Navy Ceremonial Band performance, Harborplace Amphitheatre.