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Palisades Fourth of July Parade

July 3, 2018

The 52nd annual Palisades Citizens' Association's Fourth of July parade will take place—rain or shine—on Wednesday, July 4.  The old-fashioned neighborhood parade attracts participants and spectators from throughout the Washington area. Mayor Bowser, Eleanor Holmes Norton and other District officials will march down MacArthur Boulevard along with neighbors, local businesses, schools and families.


The all-volunteer parade begins at 11:00 am at the corner of Whitehaven Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard, NW. The parade will proceed along MacArthur to the Palisades Recreation Center at Sherier and Dana Places, NW. 


(Photo by: Palisades Citizens Association)

From neighborhood children on decorated bicycles to community groups like the Millwood Mob, the Palisades’ salute to our independence is grassroots.  It will feature marching bands, as well as the Washington Scottish Bagpipe Band, Alma Boliviana, the Georgetown-Palisades Lions Club, the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of D.C., the D.C. Different Drummers Marching Band, the D.C. Fire Department Engine Company 29, the United Horseman's Association, a Chinese dragon, the DC Police Pipes and Drums, clowns and vintage cars.  Anyone is free to march in the parade; no registration is necessary.  


The festivities conclude at the Palisades Recreation Center with a free picnic of hot dogs, drinks and watermelon - and live music under the big top.  Prizes, provided by local businesses, will be awarded.  Kids can enjoy face painting, two moon bounces and other activities.  At the picnic, Mayor Bowser will cut the ribbon on an all-new, refurbished Palisades Rec Center Field House.


“DC is a city of neighborhoods, and while there is a parade running down Constitution Avenue, this really is our city’s July 4th parade,” said Palisades Citizens Association President Avi Green.  “It is entirely homespun, all-volunteer, and funded through t-shirt sales and local business contributions. The Palisades is proud to host an event that highlights the qualities that make our neighborhood and our City a great place to raise a family!”

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'Dave' at Arena Stage

July 2, 2018

From a Tony and Pulitzer Prize award-winning creative team, comes the world-premiere musical comedy Dave, adapted from the Oscar-nominated film. Written by Gary Ross, Dave will be performed from July 13 through August 19, 2018 at the Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage.

Dave tells the story of high school teacher (and presidential lookalike) Dave Kovic, who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the Commander-in-Chief. When the President falls ill under less than “presidential” circumstances, Dave is thrust into the Oval Office to avoid a national scandal, and must find a way to gain the trust and love of the American people … and the First Lady.


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Dance Soirée in Paris June 29

June 20, 2018

The Embassy of France requests the pleasure of your company for an evening of dancing, champagne, French wine, and dessert. 


Join on your own or with friends at their Dance Soirée in Paris to meet and socialize with ICDC members as you enjoy an evening of music, French wine, Parisian desserts & dancing! Even if you've never danced before, let them show you how to dance the Viennese Waltz, Tango, & Salsa followed by an evening of dancing in the French Embassy ballroom.

Space is limited, so please make your reservations early. Purchase tickets here.

Enjoy delectable Parisian desserts available for purchase
As you enjoy the evening, enjoy French desserts prepared by the embassy chef available for purchase.

They need a complete guest list of all the attendees for security purposes at the entrance so if you reserve more than one ticket, please e-mail the full name of each guest. All guests must be 21 and over. Reserve your tickets now as space is limited.

Due to enhanced security at the French Embassy, photo ID is REQUIRED for attendance. Please ensure all ticket holders and each guest attending with a ticket holder has valid photo ID. They are unable to issue a refund if you are denied entry due to lack of photo ID. If you reserve more than one ticket, please e-mail the full name of each guest.

7:00 pm Admission commences 
~ Viennese Waltz Dance Lesson 
~ Tango dance lesson 
~ Salsa dance lesson 

8:30 pm Dance Party (starting time approximate, and after the dance lessons)
Dance the night away to a mix of ballroom dance music with a selection of Latin music for added variety. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice your dancing and socialize with other attendees. Recorded music will be played for a night of dancing.

10:30 pm Evening concludes with the cash bar closing at 10:15 pm.


The Embassy of France is located at 4101 Reservoir Road NW.

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