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Begorra, there's lots to do for St. Patrick's


There's plenty to do for St. Patrick's Day this weekend, whether you're looking for the traditional corned beef and cabbage and pints of green beer or a chance to dress like a leprechaun. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate the holiday, remember that on March 17, everyone is Irish.

Baltimore gets into the St. Patrick's Day spirit with a parade this Sunday starting at 2 p.m. The annual event is usually Baltimore's biggest parade of the year. This year, more than 120 marching units, bands and floats will make their way through the streets of Baltimore starting at Mount Vernon Place and proceeding south on Charles Street, then on to Pratt Street to Market Place.

If you're feeling athletic, there's the O'Doul's St. Patrick's Day Shamrock 5K Run at 1:40 p.m. at Mount Vernon Place before the parade begins. Runners must register in advance. Registration is $15. For more information about the race, call (410) 882-5455. For more information about the parade, call (410) 256-8044.

Other St. Patrick's Day events around town:

* Just about every bar and pub you go to this weekend will be celebrating with green beer and other Irish spirits, but if you find that you've been celebrating too much and can't drive home, do the smart thing and call a cab. Miller Brewing Co. is offering free rides home from five Baltimore bars tonight as part of its "Safe Ride Home" program. Participating locations are Bohager's Bar & Grill, 515 S. Eden St.; Max's on Broadway, 735 South Broadway; The Admiral's Cup, 1647 Thames St.; Bay Cafe, 2809 Boston St., and Partners, 1113 Ponca St. Any bartender at these locations can help you arrange for a ride if you need one.

* There will be a Mass at St. Patrick's Church in Fells Point today at 9:30 a.m. The Na Fianna Pipe Band, the Amhranai na Gaeilge Chorale and the parish folk group will provide live music. A reception will follow the service.

* After church, stick around Fells Point. At the Broadway Market Square, hear Irish music from Irish Brigade, see dance groups perform and join in the leprechaun look-alike contest starting at noon. Potential leprechauns need to register for the contest by ,, 11:30 a.m. The event is free. Call (410) 396-9177.

* More leprechauns, along with Irish bands and street performers, can be found roaming Harborplace and the Gallery throughout the day today. Call (800) HARBOR-1.

* There will be a party at the Warehouse at Camden Yards tonight from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. featuring music by the Martians, Eli in Lust, Legion Lost and Harry Catfish. Tickets are $35 in advance (if ordered by 3 p.m. today) or $40 at the door. That price includes food and beer. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Call (410) 771-9000.

* The Broesler School of Irish Dance is sponsoring an Irish Buffet at Peerce's Plantation tonight from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes favorites such as Irish stew, shepherd's pie and corned beef and cabbage. Proceeds benefit the school's trip to Ireland. Call (410) 252-3100 for reservations.

* The Innis na Glas School of Dance will hold a dance tonight at 8 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Belair Road and Willow Avenue in Overlea. Music by the Reel Time Ceili Band. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children. Proceeds benefit St. Michael's. Call (410) 323-9722 or (410) 377-4820.

* The Cat's Eye Pub in Fells Point will be celebrating its 20th anniversary tonight with music by Irish group Dogs Among the Bushes. The bar will also unveil a mural by local artist C.T. Newton in the bar's back room. The mural depicts the history and characters from the pub's colorful 20-year history. Call (410) 276-9085.

* Partner's Pub, 1113 S. Ponca St., will hold a fund-raiser for the Grant-A-Wish foundation today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. complete with Irish food, music and prizes. A $3 donation at the door is requested. Call (410) 633-8044.

* At the Barns of Wolf Trap Park in Vienna, Va., you can hear a concert of "St. Patrick's Celtic Roots," at 8 p.m. Featured performers are Joe Shannon and John Williams, Josephine McNamara and Reel Time. Tickets are $17. Call (703) 938-2404.

* In Frederick, you can hear music by the Cool Jerks at the Silo Factory, 257 East 6th St., at the city's St. Patrick's Day Celebration Sunday from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $10. Call (301) 663-8687.

* Enjoy lively jigs, reels and sounds of the Celtic harp on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., when the Chieftains perform at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets are $18-$40. Call (410) 783-8000.

* J. Patrick's Pub, 1371 Andre St. in Locust Point, will hold an Irish Brunch before the parade Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Irish band Rigadoo will be performing. Cost is $5. Call (410) 727-9482.

* The annual St. Patrick's Day Ceili with music by the group Reel Time will be held Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Hall in Linthicum. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children under 16. Call (410) 859-1357 or (410) 947-5454 for more information.

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