Preakness events

May 14, 1994

Preakness events for the weekend include:

Today

* First National Bank Hot Air Balloon Lift-Off and Children's ZooFest, Druid Hill Park. Up to 50 hot air balloons lift off at 6:30 a.m., signaling the start of a children's festival inside the Baltimore Zoo. Live entertainment, music, refreshments and exhibitions continue until 2 p.m. Free.

* Fila 5-K Preakness Run Presented by U.S. Healthcare, Charles Street, Key Highway and Pratt Street. The prelude to the Preakness parade starts at 9:30 a.m. and features a race along downtown streets. Registration is $14 in advance, $15 the day of the race.

* Preakness Celebration Parade, downtown Baltimore. Starting at 10 a.m., the parade heads south on Charles Street and east on Pratt Street to Market Place. Actors Ned Beatty and Yaphet Kotto are grand marshals of this year's parade, sponsored by Coca-Cola, Giant, T. Rowe Price and U.S. Healthcare. Free.

* The Pimlico Special, Pimlico Race Course. Some of the nation's top thoroughbred horses -- including some from Triple Crown events -- compete in a stakes race worth $600,000. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Call (410) 542-9400.

* Crown Central Petroleum BalloonGlow and Country Concert, Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., WPOC-FM presents performers Neal McCoy and Bobby Cryner, with a finale by up to 50 colorful hot air balloons. Proceeds benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Advance tickets are $10; $12 at the gate; kids under 12 admitted free.

* WorldFest at Market Place, 34 Market Place. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today;noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow. An international festival features food, dances and customs from around the globe. Listen to Lite 102-FM for details. WJZ, Continental Airlines sponsor this free event.

Tomorrow

* Hot Air Balloon Race, Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville. Skilled balloon pilots compete in tests of dexterity and accuracy starting at 6:30 a.m. Free.

* Bay Bash, Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. More than 20 hot air balloons take flight over the Chesapeake Bay near the Bay Bridge. The festival, from noon to 8 p.m., will have live music and arts and crafts. Admission $6 for adults; free for kids under 12.

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