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March 10, 2005|By Lori Sears

National Zoo event

Animal lovers will want to visit the Smithsonian's National Zoo this weekend for its North American Wildlife Celebration. Visitors will see educational displays, animal demonstrations, enjoy arts and crafts activities and even encounter bald eagles, seals, sea lions, wolves, river otters and other North American animals at the zoo's Beaver Valley. The event, formerly dubbed Seal Days, promotes the awareness and conservation of North American wildlife.

North American Wildlife Celebration runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington. Free. Call 202-673-4821.

St. Patty's parade

Get the luck o' the Irish Sunday at the Nation's St. Patrick's Day Parade of Washington, D.C. The parade, celebrating its 34th year, includes Irish businesses and organizations, marching bands, pipe bands and military, police and fire department personnel. It lasts for three hours and travels along Constitution Avenue, from Seventh Street to 17th Street N.W. This year's grand marshal is P.X. Kelley, former commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. The theme of this year's parade is "Remembering the Sacrifices of the Greatest Generation."

The parade runs from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday along Constitution Avenue, from Seventh Street to 17th Street N.W., Washington. Grandstand will be on the south side of Constitution Avenue at the Washington Monument parking entrance (16th Street N.W.); grandstand tickets are $5. Call 202-637-2474 or visit www. dcstpatsparade.com.

Environmental Film Festival

Celebrate the environment today through March 20 at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington. Some 106 films from 22 countries will be shown at area museums, libraries, universities and theaters. Films range from documentaries and features to animated flicks and children's works. Also, 24 filmmakers will be on hand to discuss their works.

This year, films include the family feature The Blue Butterfly, shown at the National Geographic Society March 19, and Walking With Ghosts, shown at the National Zoological Park March 17. For a full listing of films, venues and show times, visit the Web site.

The Environmental Film Festival runs today through March 20 in Washington. Call 202-342-2564 or visit www. dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

- Lori Sears

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