Hot-air balloons, frog-jumpers signs of Preakness fun

Outside: sports, activities, events

May 06, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

The annual Preakness party is back. And this time, it'll last for days on end.

Next week's LIVE will provide you with a definitive guide to the actual big event, including what to expect from the infield mayhem. But, in the meantime, we'll get you in the mood with a list of this week's pre-Preakness happenings, including races (human, that is), parades and a concert series.

TOMORROW AND SATURDAY

Hot Air Balloon Festival and Inflatable Theme Park

Tomorrow and Saturday, take the family to Rash Field for games, carnival rides and other attractions at the inflatable theme park.

Then, after dusk, watch as Charm City's skyline is dotted with hot air balloons.

Live musical acts are also scheduled to play during the event, which will run from 5 pm. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Call 410-837-3030 or visit www.preaknesscelebration .org.

SATURDAY

Preakness 5K

Dust off your tennies for this footrace around South Baltimore.

The Preakness 5K begins and ends at Rash Field at the Inner Harbor. Start time is 8:30 a.m.

Race-day registration is $30, and prizes include tickets to Orioles games and the Preakness.

Call 410-377-8882 or visit www.charmcityrun.com.

Preakness Parade

This yearly spectacle has a new route through the city's west side.

Orioles manager and parade Grand Marshal Lee Mazzilli will lead the Saturday procession past Lexington Market and the revitalized Hippodrome Theatre.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at Eutaw Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Call 410-837-3030 or visit www.preaknesscelebration .org.

TUESDAY

Pee Wee Preakness

Little ones will join in the fun Tuesday at Federal Hill Park.

Hundreds of school-age children will bounce down a furlong-length stretch on hippity hops.

The action starts at 11:30 a.m.

Call 410-837-3030 or visit www.preaknesscelebration .org.

WEDNESDAY

Preakness Frog Hop

Patterson Park's Pulaski Monument is the setting for the 2004 Frog Hop, a noontime event that pegs amphibians against each other in a contest for the longest jump.

Each frog will be given three attempts. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

In case of inclement weather, the frog hop will be held at the Virginia S. Baker Patterson Park Recreation Center.

This event is free. For more information, call Patterson Park at 410-396-9392 or visit www.preaknesscelebration .org.

Miller Lite Nights

The annual concert series kicks off tonight with a performance by Mr. Greengenes. The show, which will be held outside at the Power Plant Live! complex, is scheduled to begin around 7 p.m.

The series continues through May 14. Check out next week's LIVE! for more details.

The Power Plant Live! complex is at Market Place and Water Street. Call 410-727-LIVE or visit www.powerplantlive .com.

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