Organizers of the U.S. Bank Astoria Regatta Grand Land Parade are still signing up entries for Saturday's event.

The Regatta Association is specifically seeking convertible cars to carry dignitaries. Today is the last day to mail in an entry to P.O. Box 24, 97103, but people can either log on to the group's Web site to register or drop off an entry form at City Lumber at 2142 Commercial St.

The parade starts at noon at 17th and Exchange streets, continues one block north to Duane Street and heads west to Eighth street. The procession then marches one block north to Commercial Street, heads east to 16th Street and travels two blocks south before ending at 16th and Exchange streets.

Because of the crowds, the Astoria Police Department advises that drivers stay on Marine Drive when traveling through Astoria. The street will be temporarily open for two-way traffic between Eighth and 16th streets during the event.

The Regatta is celebrating its 108th year in Astoria with a week of land and sea events. The USS Shoup, a guided-missile destroyer, docked today in Astoria and will keep watch over the five-day event. Tour details are pending. At 7 tonight at the Liberty Theater at 1203 Commercial St., new co-captains will be selected for the Regatta crew of young ambassadors. Special showings of "Shanghaied in Astoria" and "Angry Housewives" begin Thursday evening and continue through the weekend.

The North Coast Chorale performs a full production of "Pirates of Penzance" 8 p.m. Friday at the Liberty Theater. At 7 p.m. Saturday there will be a twilight boat parade along the waterfront. The celebration concludes 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon with a performance by the Sweet Adeline Quartet at the Liberty Theater.

For a complete listing of events, check the Regatta event packet inserted into last Wednesday's edition of The Daily Astorian or visit the Regatta Association's Web site at www.astoriaregatta.org

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