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Even though today's the day folks traditionally honor Ireland's patron, St. Patrick, if you want to see the Irish and would-be Irish on parade, Sunday's the day here this year.

Figure on a lot of music -- 24 bands are booked to play, including the Na Fianna Pipe Band and three winners in the relatively recent Philadelphia Mummers Parade: the Uptown, the Ukrainian-American and Italian-American Mummers bands. The Colts Marching Band and more than 70 other marching units also will perform.

F: The parade will begin at 2 p.m. Information: 256-8044. The NCAA men's basketball tournament is still the big news around the Inner Harbor this weekend, with second-round games tomorrow at the Baltimore Arena. If you don't have tickets, forget getting in. But you can take part in two promotional events:

* A pep rally from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Harborplace Amphitheatre, Pratt and Light streets.

* Dribble Around Downtown, from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow. The UMBC Retrievers will lead children ages 8 to 12 through a basketball dribbling course starting at NationsBank Plaza (34 Market Place) and ending at Harborplace. Information: 455-2889.


More than 50 employers, employment agencies, colleges and universities, and continuing education departments will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for a Career Fair at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. You'll be able to check a computerized list of local and national employment opportunities.

Take lots of resumes. Free admission. Parking $3. Sponsors: the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development, the Maryland Job Service and the Baltimore Sun.

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