Parade similar to those colorful...


September 09, 1994|By Nathan M. Pitts


A parade similar to those colorful, musical Mardi Gras parades that typify Trinidad and other Caribbean islands will brighten up the west side of Baltimore tomorrow.

The parade is a highlight of a three-day celebration -- Caribbean Carnival Extravaganza 1994 -- that runs from noon till 10 p.m. today at Druid Hill Park and continues through Sunday.

You can catch the procession somewhere between Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where it's scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and its destination -- the park. Tonight's festivities conclude with the crowning of the carnival king and queen. The parade includes musicians and marchers in ornate Mardi Gras-type costumes. The festival at Druid Hill begins at noon tomorrow and continues until 10 p.m.

At the park on all three days, Baltimoreans, Marylanders and others from the Caribbean will enable you to sample the different islands' cuisine, as well as arts and crafts. And you'll find constant music -- the compelling sounds of reggae, calypso and steel-band music. On Sunday, the festival's fun starts at noon and concludes at 10 p.m.

Admission is $3, children under age 12 and senior citizens admitted free. The annual festival is sponsored by the city's West Indian National Association. Information: Mark Kendal, 323-9723.


The writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Fort McHenry in the annual Defenders' Day program. Fireworks, patriotic music and artillery demonstrations will be featured to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore.

The Fort McHenry Guard, re-enactors dressed as the soldiers and sailors who defended the fort against the British in 1814, will fire their flintlock muskets, and the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus will sing in this free annual observance of Defenders' Day. Fireworks conclude the day.

A5 Limited parking available. Information: 962-4290.

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