PARADE:For all you Irish folks, or Irish...

GREEN ON

March 18, 1994

GREEN ON PARADE:

For all you Irish folks, or Irish would-bes, the actual day for wearing the green may have been yesterday, but you can do it all over again Sunday.

The city's 40th annual St. Patrick's Parade will step off at 2 p.m. Sunday from the Washington Monument with more than 121 units, including 27 bands. Among the bands will be Na Fianna Pipe Band, the Calvert Hall High School Band, the Duffy String Band and mummers bands from the East Coast.

Pick your favorite vantage point along Charles Street or Pratt Street near Harborplace to watch the strutting.

This is the first time the city's parade falls on the Sunday after St. Patrick's Day -- a change in policy approved last year by parade organizers.

Sunday also is the day of the O'Doul's St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Run, which starts at 1:40 p.m. Some 1,500 runners are expected to compete in the 5-kilometer race, which is the largest fund-raising event for the parade. Race entrants are entered in a random drawing for a trip for two to Ireland or $500. Entrants must be present to win. Information: (410) 882-5455. Ahoy there! If you're around Harborplace in the next month or so and think that stately old black ship looks odd, stand by.

The USS Constellation's rigging and spars will be undergoing repairs over the next few weeks, weather permitting. The work will include -- pay attention, landlubbers -- removing the bowsprit, jib boom, spirit sail yard, dolphin striker, foremast and the upper reaches of the main and mizzen masts. Temporary removal of other spars and rigging may be in order, as well.

You won't be able to climb aboard until the work is complete. But, if all goes as planned, the work will be finished in mid-April, and the Inner Harbor's most photographed historical feature will reopen for tours. The Constellation is among the oldest U.S. ships afloat -- dating to 1797.

TIME ON YOUR HANDS?:

Want to have some fun around the Inner Harbor, and help the community at the same time?

The Baltimore Office of Promotion is seeking volunteers to help with the city's major activities, including the Preakness Celebration Parade, the Mayor's Spring Festival, Thanksgiving Parade and the New Year's Eve Extravaganza. Information: Neighbors United, 396-7777.

PRIDE UPDATE:

The city's sailing ambassador, the Pride of Baltimore II, will take part in a first on Monday -- going through the Panama Canal on the way to a West Coast promotional tour.

The Pride will run from the Caribbean side of the canal to Rodman Naval Air Station on the Pacific side, where it will dock for a stay in Panama. The ship's passage is expected to take about 12 hours.

The Pride's predecessor also made a trip through the Panama Canal.

THREE-RING CIRCUS:

The circus is in town again. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be playing at the Arena through March 27. See today's Maryland Live section for details.

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