Preakness 2001 Has Fun For Everyone

       THE PREAKNESS isn’t just about horse racing any more. It’s become the centerpiece of a week-long celebration that offers something for everybody.

       Following is the tentative schedule of events:

       Friday, May 11-Sunday, May 13: Hot Air Balloon Festival, featuring five separate morning and evening events in Druid Hill Park and Oregon Ridge Park in Baltimore County. Over 30 gigantic hot air balloons, some in specialty shapes!) will be drifting overhead. Free. Liftoffs will be as follows, weather permitting: Fri., May 11—6:00 a.m. from Oregon Ridge Park; 5:00 p.m. from Oregon Ridge Park; Sat., May 12—6:00 a.m. from Druid Hill Park; 12 noon-9 p.m. (tentatively) at Oregon Ridge Park (Balloon Glow at 8 p.m.); Sun., May 13— 6:00 a.m. at Oregon Ridge Park

       Saturday, May 12: “Digital Harbor Dash” Preakness 5-K, starting at 9:00 a.m.. Over 1,000 runners will race to and from The Can Company in Canton. Corporate teams from the tech community will be participating. Call the Race Hotline at (410) 377-8882.

       Saturday, May 12: The Preakness Parade, with marching units, colorful floats, and helium balloon characters, will strut along Pratt Street in downtown Baltimore. The 28th annual event is free. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

       Saturday, May 12: The BalloonGlow and Concert is a live music extravaganza featuring an illuminated finale of 30 hot air balloons as a finale for the evening. Admission for adults. Kids free. 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (This event was still tentative as this paper went to press.)

       Monday, May 14-Friday, May 18: Preakness Pub. Guest jockeys from Pimlico Race Course will bartend for area charities as Mother’s Federal Hill Grille is transformed into “The Preakness Pub.” Free admission and drink specials, 5:00 –8:00 p.m. nightly.

       Tuesday, May 15: The Pee Wee Preakness showcases Baltimore City and County schoolchildren as little jockeys competing on hobby horses for prizes and candy in the Inner Harbor. Free. 12 noon.

       Wednesday, May 16: Preakness Frog Hop. Frogs catch the Preakness spirit at the Pulaski Monument in Patterson Park (rain location—Patterson Park Recreation Center). 12 noon. Free. 396-9177.

       Thursday, May 17: Preakness Crab Derby at Lexington Market. Sports, media and local celebrities select a crab to race in this 10th annual Preakness week tradition. 12:30 p.m. Free

       Thursday, May 17: Preakness Sea Monster Stakes, a new event this year, will have kids paddling through the Inner Harbor in Chessie “Sea Monsters” in a stakes race of their own. Sponsored by the Living Classrooms Foundation and the National Historic Seaport of Baltimore. 3:00 p.m. Free.

       Thursday, May 17: Great Schooner Race sets sail across Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as several tall ships (Clipper City, Lady Maryland, Nighthawk) race to and from Fort McHenry. Watch the regatta at the Harborplace promenade 5:00-7:00 p.m.

       Saturday, May 19: The 126th Running of the Preakness Stakes will take place at Pimlico Race Course as 3-year old Thoroughbreds race for the Triple Crown.Gates open at 8:30 a.m. First post: 10:45 a.m. Preakness Stakes at 5:30 p.m. Call 542-9400 for ticket information.

For the latest Preakness info, call 837-3030 or visit www.PreaknessCelebration.org


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This story was published on May 2, 2001.