Mayor Sheila Dixon joined officials from Pimilico Race Course yesterday to announce the calendar of events leading up to the Preakness on May 17 - including the annual parade in downtown Baltimore and several live concerts.
"We attract not only people from all over the country to come here but also residents of Baltimore," Dixon said at the Maryland Jockey Club. "People come to the city, and they realize how wonderful our city is."
The Crawdaddies will play at Belevedere Square starting at 6 p.m. Friday. A week before the race, on May 10, a parade will be held along Pratt Street starting at 11 a.m.
The popular Preakness Balloon Festival will take place at the Turf Valley Resort in Howard County over three consecutive days starting May 15. Grammy nominee Ryan Shaw will headline a concert at Harbor East on May 16 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Preakness events are free and open to the public. Go to www.preaknesscelebration.com for more information.
"There aren't many sporting events in the world with such a historic association to a city as Preakness has to Baltimore," said Mark Friedman, acting president of Maryland Preakness Celebration, Inc., which oversees the events.