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Old Town Hosts George Washington's Birthday Parade

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    He would be 281 years old -- but George Washington's birthday isn't just something you stop celebrating.

    The annual George Washington Birthday Celebration Parade will meander through the streets of Old Town Alexandria for the 90th time this Presidents Day, Feb. 18.

    The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the intersection of S. Fairfax and S. Gibbon streets in Old Town Alexandria. The route runs north, around Market Square and City Hall, before ending on S. Royal and S. Wilkes streets at 3 p.m.

    The celebration features traditional parade fare, such as floats and bands, alongside horses and people dressed as colonial citizens. It touts itself as "the largest parade celebrating Washington's birthday" in the country.

    Washington -- whose birthday was actually Feb. 22 -- was born in Virginia in 1732.

    Alexandria is also offering free admission to several historic sites, including museums and Washington's Mount Vernon estate.

    People who want to attend can park at a garage near the parade route. Alternatively, the free King Street Trolley will run from the King Street-Old Town Metro station until 11 p.m.

    You can also park for free all day at the Eisenhower Metro Station. Starting at 11, you can take a free DASH shuttle from the station to Prince and Washington Streets in Old Town Alexandria. Shuttles returning to the Eisenhower Metro will run until 4 p.m.