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Mayor to kick off ‘Millennium Washington’

(Published March 27, 2000)

City officials plan to kick off an ongoing celebration of the city’s bicentennial as the nation’s capital March 27.

"Millennium Washington," as the new initiative will be called, is meant to promote the District as a regional epicenter of cultural and leisure activities that include the arts, the international community, entertainment, sports and special events.

Along with the program, Mayor Anthony A. Williams will introduce a new slogan to promote the city: "Discover the New Washington, D.C."

"I am particularly excited about the Millennium Washington program because it has the potential to truly showcase Washington," the mayor said in a news release prepared for the event.

This year’s events will be kicked off at the annual parade that accompanies the arrival of the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus to town for a series of shows.

A pre-parade ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery in Chinatown. The parade is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on Seventh Street NW between G and H streets. The circus is performing at MCI Center and the D.C. Armory while in town.

Among other programs to be included in the Millennium Washington celebration:

•The Anacostia Jazz and Blues Riverfest is scheduled for Labor day weekend in September along the Anacostia River. The two-day jazz and rhythm and blues festival will showcase national headline bands as well as local performers.

•The Washington International Food and Music Festival will promote the international community during a two-day summer festival, with dates to be announced.

•World-renowned tenor Placido Domingo will perform a free outdoor concert on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Sept. 23 in honor of the city’s 200th anniversary of becoming the center of the federal government as the nation’s capital.

Other events planned during the year include the 18th Senior Summerfest on June 23, the National Capital BBQ Battle June 26-27 and the Washington Bastille day Celebration on July 14.

D.C. residents and the everyday life and history of the city also will be one of the focal points of this summer’s annual Festival of American Folklife, celebrated on The Mall by the Smithsonian Institution for two weeks surrounding the Fourth of July.

For more information about Millennium Washington programs, call (202) 223-4669.

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