On a clear breezy evening at Turf Valley, 21 hot air balloon crews unpacked their equipment in preparation for the annual Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival. They attached envelopes – a bag capable of holding heated air – to the baskets and turned on fans before firing up the burners to get the colorful event underway. The festivities provided a close up look at the towering aircraft.
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May 16 Photo Brief: Cannes film festival gets underway, rocket attacks in Syria, Texas recovers from tornadoes, the Museum of Modern Art gets wet
Texas assesses the damage after being hit with tornadoes, the stars come out as the Cannes Film Festival gets underway, Free Syrian Army fighters fire rockets at president loyalist troops, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York opens the “Rain Room” and more in today’s daily brief.
Whether you’re preparing for this weekend’s trek to Pimlico, or just a little web curious about its impending horseplay, you should spend some time getting to know the rich and exuberant history of Preakness. Below is a side-by-side glimpse into the evolution of Preakness to give you a little taste of what an estimated 120,000 people should be expecting.
Nine people and eight horses make up the mounted police unit in Baltimore City, currently in its 125th year in existence. The unit has been larger and smaller over the years with 24 officer and horses in the 1980s (its heyday) to as few as only four horses four years ago. Several horses were donated by area businesses and local communities.
Photos taken by Baltimore Sun photographer Algerina Perna.
In a test of physical and mental strength, plebes challenged themselves during Sea Trials Tuesday in a daunting 14-hour obstacle course that marks the end of their first year at the Naval Academy. The training exercise is modeled after the Crucible by the Marine Corps and the Navy’s Battle Stations recruit program and includes a wide array of activities from shore defense to Spartan relay, paintball, land navigation, hill assault and water tactics, according to the Naval Academy.
Photos taken by Baltimore Sun photographer Kim Hairston.
An estimated 25,000 people participated in the inaugural Baltimore Color Run on Saturday in downtown Baltimore. The 5K run – a race in the non-competitive sense – features runners being showered with colored corn starch. The result: Some eye-catching photos of colored powder in the air, and runners who are covered in rainbow splotches. Check out these images from Saturday’s event, and compare them to pictures from past Color Run events held in Australia, Brazil and the U.S.
On a spring night at Chesapeake BMX in Severn, the pursuit of the night was speed. With the smell of hamburgers grilling in the air, brother helped brother, father helped sons and even a grandmother helped her granddaughter, all in the pursuit of pedal power. This wasn’t about the jumps or tricks, like the X Games. It was about the shrieks of children as young as two, and the panting of adults as old as 57 as they raced bicycles on a 1180-foot dirt and asphalt course.
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May 9 Photo Brief: Victory Day celebrations in Europe, Tom Cruise in China and Cleveland kidnappers appear in court
World War II Victory Day celebrations across Europe, people jump from a burning high rise in Pakistan, Tom Cruise tours China for his movie “Oblivion,” the Cleveland kidnappers are charged in court and more in today’s daily brief.