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Opening Day parades, victory parties: How Baltimore celebrated its winning teams over the years

Opening Day parades, victory parties: How Baltimore celebrated its winning teams over the years

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After winning Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens were welcomed back by one of the greatest victory parades in Baltimore history with over 200,000 fans in attendance on Feb. 5.

Look back at past celebrations and Opening Day sports parades. Perhaps, the biggest turnout was on April 15, 1954, when fans welcomed the Baltimore Orioles in their very first season on Opening Day against the White Sox. Over 350,000 fans were said to have shown up for the parade.

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Time lapse video: Fans react to Ravens Super Bowl win in Federal Hill

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Fans piled out into the streets of Federal Hill to celebrate the Ravens, who beat the 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.

Stills taken from the rooftop of Mother’s on S. Charles Street. Fifteen second intervals for nearly two hours beginning in the last minute of the fourth quarter in 30 degree weather. ISO set to 2500. Things to look out for: ebb and flow of the crowd, fans climbing trees and on top vehicles, crowd surfing, shirts and newspapers flying and mounted police.

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Time-lapse video captures the transformation of the Everyman Theatre

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Thanks to an idea by Steve Sullivan, the multimedia director at The Sun, videographer Christopher T. Assaf embarked on a challenging time-lapse video experiment. A camera, clicking every 15 minutes from Oct. 26 until Jan. 11, photographed the final construction of the new Everyman Theatre and its preparations for the opening performance of ‘August: Osage County.’

Watch the video and read more about the process.

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Instagrammer feature with @flynnfinity: Adventures in Baltimore with a dog named Bailey

Instagrammer feature with @flynnfinity: Adventures in Baltimore with a dog named Bailey

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If you live in Baltimore and you’re on Instagram, there’s a good chance you’ve come across @flynnfinity aka Josh Flynn. Flynn, who lives and works in Baltimore, won the award for “Best Instagram” at the Mobbies this year.

The Darkroom caught up with Flynn about Instagram’s Terms of Service debacle, his series #baileystraightchillin and the advantages of using a camera phone on the fly.

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End of an era for Sparrows Point steel mill? Look back at the Baltimore staple through the years

End of an era for Sparrows Point steel mill? Look back at the Baltimore staple through the years

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The new owners of the Sparrows Point steel mill plan to raze the closed plant, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said today. According to Kamenetz, officials of co-owner Hilco Trading “have indicated that they are going to liquidate every remaining asset and bring the structure down to the ground.”

What’s your reaction to the news? As we look back at images of Sparrows Point over the years, we’re collecting stories about the Baltimore institution and its workers. Share your thoughts, memories and photos of Sparrows Point in the comments.

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Instagrammer Feature with @strange_agent: Finding beauty in the ordinary

Instagrammer Feature with @strange_agent: Finding beauty in the ordinary

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The Darkroom caught up with instagrammer Jen DuMars, aka @strange_agent, about being motivated by failure, what makes a place and why most of her photos aren’t captioned.

The longtime Maryland resident, who splits time between West Annapolis and Charles Village, shoots her Instagram photos with an iPhone 4S, many while commuting to her public policy job in Washington.

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A holly jolly Bawlmer Christmas to you

A holly jolly Bawlmer Christmas to you

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What does Christmas in Baltimore mean to you? Can it be viewing the wonderful light displays on 34th Street, visiting Santa for wishes of toys and puppies, amazed by intricate Christmas gardens or listening to merry tunes like “Crabs For Christmas.” In the latest retro installment from The Darkroom, we highlight Christmas trees, Santas, and decorations of years past. Take a stroll through memory lane or find tips for your holiday style. Photos featured include those from Sun photographers A. Aubrey Bodine, Lloyd Pearson, Walter McCardell, Richard Stacks, Weyman Swagger and Jed Kirschbaum.

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Train gardens bring holiday cheer in Baltimore area

Train gardens bring holiday cheer in Baltimore area

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Holiday train gardens are a tradition for many local fire stations, including the Baltimore City fire house on Glen Avenue in Mount Washington. The Shops at Kenilworth in Towson also has an elaborate garden around its fountain.

The gardens feature dozens of scenes with action figures, Baltimore landmarks, moving parts and, of course, trains.

The gallery shows images from both train gardens, and the video below is from Glen Avenue.

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