Friday, May 08, 2009


BALTIMORE, 05-08-09---The 2009 Preakness Parade of Lights will be held on Friday, May 15, at 8:30 p.m. This year the parade will feature illuminated floats, bands, giant balloons, equestrian units and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. The 2009 Grand Marshal is Baltimore’s own Stacy Keibler, who the next day at Pimlico Race Course will be the celebrity host of the InfieldFEST, presented by Bud Light, at the 134th Preakness® Stakes.

The Preakness parade steps-off on Pratt Street and Eutaw Street and continues east on Pratt Street to Market Place. Spectators can catch the best views of the parade near the reviewing stand located on the northwest corner of Pratt and Light streets.

This parade is presented by Mayor Sheila Dixon and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and Preakness Celebration, Inc. For more information on the Preakness Parade of Lights, call 1-877-BALTIMORE.

The Preakness Parade of Lights is a part of Preakness Celebration 2009, a series of festive community events showcasing Baltimore and the 134th annual running of the Preakness on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

Events include:

MECU's Pee Wee Preakness

When: Tuesday May 12, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.

What: Just for kids, MECU Baltimore's Credit Union presents the Pee Wee Preakness, where tiny tots will bounce their way to the finish line on roly-poly Hippity Hops. The “Mini Preakness” will take place at the Federal Hill Park in Downtown Baltimore.

Preakness Frog Hop

When: Wednesday May 13, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.

What: Even frogs catch the Preakness spirit! View the traditional Frog Hop at the War Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall. For more information call (410) 396-9392.

19th Annual Preakness Crab Derby

When: Thursday May 14, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.

What: The Crab Derby is bushels of fun! Watch local celebrities as they race crabs to the finish line. The winner receives $500 to be donated to the charity of choice. For more information call (410) 685-6169 or visit

The 36th Preakness Parade

When: Friday, May 15, 2009 at 8:30 p.m.

What: The 36th Annual Preakness Parade will take place on Pratt Street in the heart of the Inner Harbor. Be dazzled by colorful floats, helium-balloon characters, equestrians, marching bands, military units and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. The Parade will step-off on Pratt Street and Eutaw Street, proceed down Pratt Street, and end at Market Place.

About Preakness Celebration:

Preakness Celebration, Inc. is a 501 © (3) organization established in 1988 to produce a series of events in and around Baltimore to celebrate the middle jewel of Thoroughbred horse racing’s famed Preakness Stakes, held at Pimlico Race Course on the third Saturday in May. Events are free and open to the public.

Throughout its 35-year history, Preakness Celebration has accomplished its mission "to create and promote a unique series of fun and diverse events that enhances the Preakness, engages the community, entertains residents & visitors alike, and generates positive economic impact to the City, region and State."

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