Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Hosts Announcement of Preakness Week Events and Activities

Wednesday, May 05

This morning at City Hall, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas, Corrigan Sports President Lee Corrigan, and Preakness Celebration President Mark Friedman announced the calendar of events for Preakness Week 2010. Maryland Preakness Celebration, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization established in 1988 to produce a festival of events in and around Baltimore to celebrate the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s prestigious Triple Crown series. The Preakness Stakes will take place Saturday, May 15 at historic Pimlico Race Course

“The Preakness is an annual tradition in Baltimore City, and plays an integral part of a great American sporting tradition – the Triple Crown,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “For the past 135 years, the Preakness Stakes put the international spotlight on Baltimore City. Times may change, but the Preakness is always going to be important to Baltimore and America.”

Preakness Day is the largest single day sporting event in the State of Maryland with attendance figures topping six-figures in eight of the last nine years, including a record 121,263 in 2007.

“The Preakness is a great national showcase for Baltimore. It is a continued honor each year for Pimlico to host one of the state’s most acclaimed traditions,” Mr. Chuckas said. “This year, the Preakness Celebration kicks off a fun-filled week of events that will culminate on May 14th with the People’s Pink Party benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Black-Eyed Susan Day, featuring the 86th running of the Black-Eyed Susan for three-year old fillies and on May 15th, one of the nation’s top sporting events, the Preakness Stakes.”

Mayor Rawlings-Blake thanked M.I. Developments and the Maryland Jockey Club for helping to preserve the Preakness Parade of Lights by being its presenting sponsor. Because of the city’s $121 million budget deficit, funding for the Parade was slashed. M.I. Developments stepped to the plate to save the parade, one of Baltimore’s most cherished traditions.

Preakness Celebration Events:

2010 Preakness 5K

Saturday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m.

The 2010 Preakness 5K benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure will start and finish at historic Pimlico Race Course. Walk or run the course which starts its first mile on the same dirt track the horses use on Preakness Day. After visiting the quaint neighborhood of Mt. Washington, the race will finish in the Infield. Each runner will receive a 10% discount on one regular Infield ticket to the 2010 Preakness InfieldFEST. Runners can register online by Tuesday, May 4 at

MECU's Pee Wee Preakness

Tuesday, May 11 at 11:00 a.m.

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

Wednesday, May 12 at Noon

Cheer on amphibian contestants as they try to top record jumps of over 8’. The Preakness Frog Hop will be held at Patterson Park. For additional information and for your entry form, call 410-396-6136. Registration will be accepted on the day of the Frog Hop from 11:00-11:45 a.m.

20th Annual Preakness Crab Derby

Thursday, May 13 at Noon

Maryland’s signature crustaceans will not be outdone in the 20th renewal of this popular event where local celebrities race crabs and the winner collects $500 for their favorite charity.

Hot Air Balloon Festival at Turf Valley

Thursday, May 13 & Friday, May 14 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Events to include: craft vendors, tethered balloon rides, walk thru balloon, balloon glow (at dusk), Children’s Pee Wee Preakness and other children’s entertainment, specialty food & drinks, and live music entertainment. Admission is free. Tethered balloon rides will be available for a small fee. All public parking will be offsite. Visit for more information.

The 37th Annual Preakness Parade of Lights

Friday, May 14 at 8:30 p.m.

The 37th Annual Preakness Parade of Lights will take place on Pratt Street in the heart of the Inner Harbor. Be dazzled by colorful floats, helium-balloon characters, equestrians, marching bands and military units. The Parade will step-off at Market Place, proceed up Pratt Street, and end at First Mariner Arena. Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee serves as the Grand Marshal.

Balloon Launch at Turf Valley

Saturday, May 15 at 6:30 a.m.

Set your alarm clock early so you don't miss this vibrant event. Visit for more information.

For more information on the 2010 Preakness Celebration visit, for the People’s Pink Party and for the Preakness