TODAYMaryland Preakness Celebration Parade. Floats, helium balloo...

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Maryland Preakness Celebration Parade. Floats, helium balloo characters, mounted units, marching bands. Charles Street to the Inner Harbor. The parade starts at 6:15 p.m. WBAL-TV 11 will provide live coverage from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (410) 837-3030. Free.

Early Times Dixie Handicap, Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Two stakes races worth $400,000. Double Booked, last year's Dixie Handicap winner, is expected to compete. Post time 1 p.m. (410) 542-9400. Admission.

Bethesda Metro Center Celebrates the Preakness. Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road. An outdoor Preakness Eve dance under the stars from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. WWDC-AM radio will give away Preakness infield tickets, memorabilia. Free three-hour parking at the Hyatt. (301) 652-4988. Free.

Bud Light Nights. Water Street's block party. 5:30 p.m.-midnight. Refreshments, dancing, live entertainment: Gazze. (410) 837-3030. Free with a Preakness pin.

TOMORROW

The 117th Running of the Preakness Stakes. Pimlico Race Course. The finest 3-year-olds in the United States compete in the middle jewel of Thoroughbred racing's prestigious Triple Crown. Gates open at 8:30 a.m., with the first post time at 11:30 a.m. (410) 542-9400. Admission.

1991 Preakness Infield Concert. Live music, prize giveaways. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. (410) 542-9400. Admission.

Uh-Huh! Girls at Preakness. Ad campaign stars sign autographs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pepsi tent and help give away 1992 Chrysler to lucky discount cardholder after race.

Preakness semiformal dance. Mason's Hall, Gorsuch Avenue off Harford Road. 9 p.m. Disc jockey, door prizes. Sponsored by the West Indian Ballroom Dance and Cultural Association of Maryland. (410) 675-7277. Admission.

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