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November 30, 2006

MAYOR'S CHRISTMAS PARADE

O'MALLEY'S OTHER MARCH

The 34th annual Mayor's Christmas Parade will be a display of the music, personality and diversity that make Baltimore unique. This year's parade will have more than 15 bands including the Marching Ravens and several high school ensembles. The parade will also feature decorated floats and appearances by Santa Claus and Miss Yuletide. The 2.5-mile parade goes south on Falls Road from Coldspring Lane to 36th Street, then east to Chestnut Avenue, ending at 37th Street. The parade will open with 150 local Harley-Davidson bikers and a steam calliope.

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The parade begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Poly / Western Complex on the corner of Falls Road and Coldspring Lane. Visit mayorschristmasparade.com for more information.

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[KRISTIN GRAY]

MUSICAL

'MOVIN' OUT' COMES TO THE NATIONAL

The national tour of Movin' Out -- the musical that marries Twyla Tharp's Tony Award-winning choreography to two dozen songs by Billy Joel -- opens its final area engagement at Washington's National Theatre on Tuesday. After three years on the road, the tour will conclude in Birmingham, Ala., on Jan. 21.

The starring roles are performed by alternating principals. Among them are Holly Cruikshank, who won a 2005 Helen Hayes Award in Washington for her portrayal of Brenda; Keith Roberts, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Tony; and, in the second week, international ballet star and Washington native Rasta Thomas in the role of Eddie.

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Show times at the National, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and Dec. 18; 7:30 p.m. Sundays; with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 23. Tickets are $41.25-$86.25. Call 800-447-7400 or visit telecharge.com.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

HOLLY TOUR

A CLOSER LOOK AT MOUNT VERNON

From the sleek, avant-garde spaciousness of modern design to rustic fireplaces reminiscent of years past, the Holly Tour displays the art of fine living. The tour features restored mansions, loft space and art collections in Baltimore's Mount Vernon area and a brunch by the Brass Elephant Restaurant and Caterers. The tour will include well-known homes such as the gothic Chase Court and nine other sites. The Holly Tour began in 1966 as a community effort to stop the population decline and evolved into an anticipated local attraction.

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Registration for the Holly Tour begins at 10 a.m. and the tour is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The tour starts at Chase Court, 1112 St. Paul St. Tickets are $20 for the tour and $55 for the brunch and tour. For more information, call 443-524-2370 or visit hollytour.com to buy tickets.

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[KRISTIN GRAY]

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