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Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 02/14/2010

Free and Easy events

By Fritz Hahn

Sunday's Chinese Lunar New Year Parade includes dragon dancers and a five-story firecracker. (Marvin Joseph -- The Post)

This week, pay nothing to celebrate George Washington's birthday, watch dragons dance in Chinatown or samba like you're at Carnival in Rio.

Monday
George Washington's Birthday at Mount Vernon
Celebrate the first president's 278th birthday with a surprise party for Washington himself. Access to the mansion, grounds and museum and education center is free all day.

Tuesday
Krewe Social at Social
There are Mardi Gras parties all over town on Fat Tuesday, but most of them come with a cover charge. Not so at Social, which dishes out free gumbo, plus zydeco and Cajun tunes to go with $4 Hurricane specials. Costumes and masks are encouraged - as is a purple, green and gold color scheme.

Wednesday
Parker Posey Movie Marathon at Asylum
A darling of '90s indie filmmakers, Parker Posey is the subject of a triple bill at Asylum's movie night. The screening kicks off with the 2000 mockumentary "Best in Show," followed by 1995's "Party Girl" and 1997's "The House of Yes."

Thursday
Brazilian Rhythms at Cafe Saint-Ex
Put the dreary, snowy week behind you: It's carnival time in Rio. Get a taste of sexy samba, baile funk, bossa, forro and sunny tropicalia at the perennially packed and always fun night of Brazilian music.

Friday
'Awakened Heart' at the Inter-American Development Bank's Cultural Center
As part of Rome's annual FotoGrafia International Photo Festival, the Italian-Latin American Institute offered prizes to the best young photographers from Central and South America. See the three finalists' and several other competitors' works, which capture urban street scenes, carnival celebrations and portraits of children.

Saturday
'Red Heroine' at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage
The silent kung fu film "Red Heroine," shot in 1929, is the only one of its kind. At this screening, the Devil Music Ensemble performs an original score created to accompany the story of a heroic female warrior.

Sunday
Chinese Lunar New Year Parade and Celebration
Lion and dragon dancers, clowns, drummers and musicians announce the arrival of the Year of the Tiger. The parade begins at 2 p.m.; make sure you stick around for the lighting of a five-story-high firecracker at 3:45.

-- Fritz Hahn

By Fritz Hahn  | February 14, 2010; 10:00 PM ET
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