Lot of thumping from drums...

THANKSGIVING PARADEA

November 19, 1993|By Karen Zeiler

THANKSGIVING PARADE

A lot of thumping from drums -- accompanied by other instruments -- will be going on tomorrow as the city's annual Thanksgiving parade begins at 11 a.m. at Eutaw and Pratt streets.

To see what all the commotion is about, stand somewhere along Pratt Street, all the way east to Market Place. The parade's reviewing stand will be at Harborplace.

Rhythms and color will be provided by marching bands from Milford Mill, Edmondson-Westside and Walbrook high schools. Drum groups taking part are scheduled to include the Baltimore Westsiders, the Greenmount-West community's Mighty Eastside Rockers, and the Charm City Champions.

Also pounding the pavement: Boy Scouts, the Ebony Angels Double-Dutch Team, Top Flight Gymnastics, and the Baltimore-American Indian Center's youth group.

On horseback, the city's mounted police will join 20 riders from the League of Maryland Horsemen, a trail riding club of 500 members. Two Percheron horses -- a type of draft horse first bred in France to carry knights in full armor -- will be pulling a wagon.

Kids will get a kick when the Oriole Bird, Captain Seaweed and Wally Woodchuck from the Baltimore Zoo appear -- and when Santa Claus officially opens the holiday season, entering his winter house at Harborplace. Information: 837-4636. Train your eyes on the night sky -- inside the Maryland Science Center's Davis Planetarium. Stars and constellations are explored in "Holidays of Light," a new show that also examines the role light plays in Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza.

You'll learn about ancient customs, too. Saturnalia, an ancient Roman holiday celebrated for seven days in mid-December, was marked by feasting and unrestrained merrymaking. "Holidays of Light" opens tomorrow and runs through Jan. 9.

Catch another opening -- complete with music -- tonight. "Water and Man" and "Fires of Kuwait" open as the new "After Hours at IMAX" double feature to run Friday and Saturday evenings through April 2. The Foxheads, an a cappella group, will perform contemporary music before the films and during intermission. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Information: 685-5225.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

If you dig skating and have some extra time on your hands, slip on some ice skates and head to Rash Field. After a two-year absence, the Inner Harbor Ice Rink opens for business Dec. 2 -- and it needs your help. Volunteers 18 or older are needed to coordinate events for the city's three-month winter program, "Baltimore on Ice."

Maybe you'll get to greet kids as Perky the Penguin or volunteer a few hours assisting city youngsters during "After School Skates." Information: Karen Moul, 752-8632.

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