WEEK:The Preakness, the second event in...

IT'S PREAKNESS

May 13, 1994|By Holton F. Brown

IT'S PREAKNESS WEEK:

The Preakness, the second event in horse-racing's Triple Crown, doesn't run until May 21, but Around the Inner Harbor, the race is the focus for this week:

* From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and from noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow, WJZ-TV and Continental Airlines are sponsoring WorldFest at 34 Market Place, formerly the Brokerage Plaza. The event will feature cultures from around the world with their foods, decorations, dances and customs.

* Tomorrow, after a year's absence, the Preakness Celebration Parade will move out at 10 a.m. with actors Ned Beatty and Yaphet Kotto of the TV show "Homicide," which is based in a fictionalized Baltimore, as grand marshals.

Marching bands, majorettes, huge character balloons and floats will constitute the parade. Pick a spot to watch just about anywhere along the downtown part of Charles Street or along Pratt Street at the Inner Harbor. Featured bands will include one from Edmondson-Westside High School, the Baltimore Rockers, the Charm City Charmers, the Floretttes from Virginia and Washington, D.C.'s Eastern Senior High School Blue and White Marching Machine.

The character balloons, filled with helium, will include Underdog, Chilly Willy and a Smurf. Live mascots Crash-the-Clown, the Maryland Science Center's T-Rex and the Oriole Bird will work the crowd, no doubt delighting many youngsters.

* Starting at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, the Preakness 5-K Run will be contested along the Preakness parade route. There's a fee to take part.

* From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, the seventh annual Fells Point Preakness Festival will enliven Broadway Square with continuous live music, children's activities, food and beverages. The family-oriented event also will feature a marketplace of ethnic jewelry, crafts, clothing and artwork. Free parking is available two blocks west of the square at Thames and Caroline Streets.

* On Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a "Pee Wee Preakness" for the little ones will be run at Rash Field in the Inner Harbor.

* And then, you can have some lunch-time fun on Thursday watching the "Preakness Celebrity Crab Picking Contest." It starts at noon in the Harborplace Amphitheatre. The contest is sponsored by Phillips Restaurant, 92Q Radio and Harborplace and The Gallery. In case of rain, look indoors in Harborplace's Light Street Pavilion, street level.

Information on any of these events (and other Preakness Festival events not occurring Around the Inner Harbor): 837-3030.

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