Bay Day -- an event combining a spring festival celebrating the Chesapeake and the 17th annual Bay Bridge Walk -- will be held today at Sandy Point.
BayFest, an environmental fair and exhibition promoting the bay cleanup and raising money for the Chesapeake Bay Trust, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sandy Point State Park.
The 4.3-mile walk across the bridge, expected to draw up to 60,000 people, also begins at 9 a.m. Free parking and shuttle bus service will be provided at three sites: Navy-Marine Corps Stadium on Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis, Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, and the Chesapeake Bay Business Park, at U.S. 50 and Route 8 in Stevensville.
Shuttle buses to the bridge will operate until 1 p.m. or until the parking lots are filled -- which in previous years has usually occurred before noon. Bicycles, food and pets are prohibited on the bridge, and all walkers must be off the span by 4 p.m. Buses will take walkers from the bridge to Sandy Point State Park and operate continuously between BayFest and parking areas.
The walk and festival will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or high winds. Cancellation announcements will be made on radio stations. There will be no rain date.