O's ON PARADE. Veteran baseball fans still talk about the 1954 parade when major league baseball returned to Baltimore. Now, a new era is beginning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards with a Family Fun Day parade tomorrow that doubtless will be remembered fondly decades in the future.
Organizers say several dramatic baseball-theme floats will highlight the 1.5-mile parade, including a baseball card creation featuring rotating pictures of all-time favorite Orioles such as Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson and Rick Dempsey. And there will no shortage of current Orioles players, who will join other celebrities and politicians along the route. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. at Pratt and President streets and ends at Eutaw and Camden streets near the new ballyard.
After the parade, the public is invited to a 2 p.m. team workout inside the stadium -- admission $3, with a portion of the proceeds earmarked for Orioles charities.
Washington baseball fans can catch the "Train to the Game" (and the parade) at Union Station, where legendary Orioles manager Earl Weaver and the O's Bird are scheduled to greet fans from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. The Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) train leaves at 10:30 a.m., arriving at Camden Station at 11:30 to meet the light- rail service from Timonium and several Park-and-Ride buses. It will be the first time passengers can use the full range of mass transportation available to the new ballpark.
PLAN YOUR VACATION. Not everything downtown this weekend is oriented toward Oriole Park at Camden Yards. How about fishing for summer vacation ideas, or maybe get-away-weekend spots?
You can do that just across Howard Street from the stadium today and tomorrow.
At Festival Hall, you'll find more than 100 Maryland tourist attractions pitching their wares as part of "Maryland on Display, a Tour and Travel Showcase Extravaganza."
The show is sponsored by the state tourism office. Hours: noon to 9 today, noon to 6 tomorrow. Admission: $3. Information: 333-6611.