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March 11, 2004|By Lori Sears

St. Patrick's parade in Ocean City

Whether you're Irish or Irish at heart, chances are you'll enjoy the 24th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in Ocean City Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Delmarva Irish-American Club.

The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at the 45th Street Village. The parade procession begins at noon at 61st Street and travels south on Coastal Highway to the 45th Street Village, where it concludes.

More than 100 businesses will take part in the parade, as well as various pipe and drum bands, including the Ocean City Pipe Band, area high-school marching bands and various floats.

Trophies will be awarded to parade participants in an array of categories, such as best commercial float and best youth marching unit.

The festival includes Irish food and drink (corned beef, Irish stew, green beer), music and various vendors.

The Ocean City St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival takes place Saturday. The parade begins at noon at 61st Street. The festival runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the 45th Street Village. Free. Call 410-289-0791 or visit

`Navajo Blankets' at Textile Museum

Visit the Textile Museum in Washington to see the exhibit Navajo Blankets of the 19th Century: Selections From the Textile Museum Collections before it ends Sunday.

The exhibit features 16 colorful wool blankets, made in the Navajo tradition between 1800 and 1890. The blankets were used for bedding, clothing, baby wraps, saddle pads and as trade goods by the Southwestern American Indians.

The exhibit explores the history of Navajo weaving, how the blankets were created and how experts are able to analyze the blankets today to determine dates.

The exhibit is curated by Ann Lane Hedlund, director of the Gloria F. Ross Center for Tapestry Studies at the Arizona State Museum in Tucson.

The exhibit runs through Sunday at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. N.W., Washington. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Free. Call 202-667-0441 or visit www.

`Pet Fest America'

Call it a pet bonanza. "Pet Fest America," sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, takes over the MCI Center in Washington Sunday.

The event features two shows of live entertainment by the IAMS Superdogs, as well as educational sessions, workshops and demonstrations, pet exhibits with information, products and services, and more.

The IAMS Superdogs are a group of athletic dogs trained to run, jump and retrieve objects as quickly as they can. They will perform at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets to the Superdogs show are required for admission to the exhibit area.

Exhibits will include Companion Animals and Pets for Life, Safe Cats Campaign, Disaster Relief/Disaster Dogs and many others.

Visitors can also learn all about the Humane Society of the United States at the event.

"Pet Fest America" takes place Sunday as two shows -- at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. -- at the MCI Center, 601 F St. N.W., Washington. The exhibit area opens at 11:30 a.m., but tickets to the Superdogs show are required to enter the area. Tickets are $19 and $23. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit

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