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Mariachi Music, Dancing and Food

March 16, 1997|ELLEN MELINKOFF


The highlight of the annual Bank One Tucson International Mariachi Conference is the concerts, April 25 and 26 at the Tucson Convention Center, where top mariachi groups from the U.S. and Mexico perform. For more information, contact Bank One Tucson International Mariachi Conference, P.O. Box 3035, Tucson, AZ 85702; telephone (520) 791-4838.


More than 25 grand old mansions and gardens are open to the public during the 62nd annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens April 3 to 6. The self-guided walking tours include six to eight homes per tour. Reservations are advised. For more information, contact Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens, 18 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31401; tel. (912) 234-8054.


The Paul Revere House in Boston commemorates the 222nd anniversary of the midnight ride with several programs April 19 to 25. David Connor, who portrayed the patriot in A&E's "Biography" series, reprises the role during in an afternoon dramatic account of the ride. For more information and reservations, contact the Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston, MA 02113; tel. (617) 523-2338.


Belzoni, on the Yazoo River in the Mississippi Delta, is farm-raised catfish country, and this year's 22nd annual World Catfish Festival on April 5 pays homage to the Southern favorite. Highlights include the coronation of the Catfish Queen, band concerts, a catfish fry and a visit to the Catfish Capital Museum. For more information, contact Catfish Capital of the World, P.O. Box 385, Belzoni, MS 39038; tel. (800) 408-4838.


The 15th annual Laughlin River Run, April 24 to 27, will be a died-and-gone-to-heaven weekend for Harley Davidson devotees. At one of the largest ride-in bike shows on the West Coast, more than 20,000 bikes will be parked and waiting for inspection. The festival includes precision drill teams, the Harley Davidson traveling museum, antique and custom motorcycle auction, a miles-long parade of bikes and four parking lots of vendors. For more information, contact Dal-Con Promotions, 1101 California Ave., Suite 120, Corona, CA 91719; tel. (909) 340-0094.

Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian's 31st annual Kite Festival, April 5, is expected to draw thousands of kite enthusiasts to the grounds of the Washington Monument for a day of competitive and noncompetitive kite flying. This year's festival commemorates the 250th anniversary of Ben Franklin's experiments with kites that led to the discovery of electricity. For more information, contact the Smithsonian Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20560; tel. (202) 357-2627.


The 27th International Pan Celtic Festival takes place April 1 to 6 in Ennis, near Shannon. It features traditional Irish dancing and fiddling competitions, a Celtic Mass and a game called camogie (the Irish version of women's field hockey). For more information, contact the Irish Tourist Board, 345 Park Ave., 17th floor, New York, NY 10176; tel. (800) 223-6470.

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