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Baltimore's St. Patrick's Day Parade, which had been canceled by the Blizzard of '93, will be held after all, organizers said in a St. Patrick's Day announcement yesterday.

"In the interest of keeping the spirit of the Irish alive, the parade will march on as planned," said event Chairman James A. Jones.

Well, almost as planned.

The event was rescheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 28 -- 11 days past the actual holiday honoring Ireland's patron saint and a week into spring to make a recurrence of snow almost as unlikely as snakes in Dublin.

Mr. Jones said both the city and an "unbelievable" number of calls from parade enthusiasts prompted the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee to reconsider the cancellation and vote Tuesday night in favor of holding the event.

"I said before we would march in rain or snow," he said, "but hurricanes and blizzards -- you can forget it. We feel that can't happen twice to us in the same year."

The O'Doul's 5K Shamrock Run also will be held, as planned, just before the parade, with runners "taking their mark" at 1:30 p.m. near the Washington Monument and following the parade route -- south on Charles Street, and east on Pratt Street to Market Place. Race information may be obtained by calling 882-5455.

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