Paolo Gucci Triple Crown Ball. Black-tie extravaganza, featuring performance by Tony Orlando and Dawn, Hyatt Regency at Inner Harbor, 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation. (410) 837-3030. Ticket required.
Books for Cooks Preakness Celebration -- Chesapeake Bay Cookbook Signing. Books for Cooks, Light Street Pavilion, Inner Harbor. Noon. John Shields, author of "The Chesapeake Bay Crab Cookbook," will demonstrate some of his favorite recipes, autograph his cookbook. (410) 332-4191. Free.
Media Crab Derby. Lexington Market. 1 p.m. Local radio, television personalities pick crabs, race them in honor of the Preakness Stakes. (410) 685-6169. Free.
Preakness Night at Wurlitzer's. Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn. 5:30 // p.m.-midnight. Music, dancing, hotel giveaways as well as a visit by Miss Preakness and her court. Proceeds benefit the 1993 Miss Preakness Pageant Scholarship Fund. (410) 785-7000, Ext. 6444. Admission.
Bud Light Nights. Water Street's block party. 5:30 p.m.-midnight. Refreshments, dancing, live entertainment: Tony Berry and New Money.(410) 837-3030. Free with a Preakness pin.
Maryland Preakness Celebration Parade. Floats, helium balloon characters, mounted units, marching bands. Charles Street to the Inner Harbor. The parade starts at 6:15 p.m. WBAL-TV 11 will provide live coverage from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (410) 837-3030. Free.
Early Times Dixie Handicap, Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Two stakes races worth $400,000. Double Booked, last year's Dixie Handicap winner, is expected to compete. Post time 1 p.m. (410) 542-9400. Admission.
Bethesda Metro Center Celebrates the Preakness. Wisconsin Avenue, Old Georgetown Road. An outdoor Preakness Eve dance party under the stars from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. WWDC-AM radio will give away Preakness infield tickets, memorabilia. Free three-hour parking at the Hyatt. (301) 652-4988. Free.