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Trips: road trips, regional events

March 04, 2004|By Lori Sears

St. Patrick's Day Parade

You'll be seeing green at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria, Va., on Saturday. Irish dancers in Celtic costumes, tartan-clad bands, politicians, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and others will participate in the parade, which kicks off at 12:30 p.m. at King and West streets. There will be a reviewing stand at North Royal Street. The parade concludes at 2:30 p.m. at King and Fairfax streets.

Check out a classic car show and competition at 10 a.m. at North Pitt and King streets. Bring the pooch to the "Fun Dog Show" at 11 a.m. in Market Square, at North Royal and King streets. The dog show includes competitions for the dog with the longest ears, smallest dog, tallest dog, dog with the most mysterious heritage and dog/owner look-alike. Everyone is invited to participate in the dog show, with no registration necessary.

All events are free and are co-sponsored by the Ballyshaners and the city of Alexandria. For parking or other information, call 703-237-2199 or visit www.ballyshaners.org.

Craft festival

Love handmade crafts? The 22nd annual Virginia Fine Craft, Folk and Art Festival this weekend in Annandale boasts unique crafts from more than 95 American artists and craftsmen. Visitors will find eclectic paintings, turned-wood vessels, found-object sculptures, birch-twig furniture, iron garden sculptures, glassworks, handcrafted harps, hooked rugs, jewelry and more.

The craft show is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Va. Admission is $7 and is good both days. Call 703-883-4760.

Philadelphia Flower Show

Travel to paradise this weekend. The Philadelphia Flower Show, with its theme of "Destination: Paradise," kicks off Sunday and runs through March 14 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Visitors can meander through 33 acres of Eden-inspired floral designs created by more than 50 nurseries, florists and horticultural groups. There will also be lectures, experts to answer your questions and plenty to purchase at the marketplace.

The Philadelphia Flower Show runs 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday and March 14, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through March 12 and 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. March 13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia. $12-$26. Call 215-988-8899 or visit www.theflowershow.com.

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