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FREE SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT AWAITS THE POPULACE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Nowhere is there more free entertainment than in Washington, D.C. And that's especially true this summer. Here's a list of some of the ongoing activities scheduled for this summer in honor of the Washington, D.C., bicentennial (all are free unless otherwise noted).

- 50-State Choral & Band Salute. Performances throughout the summer at Freedom Plaza, the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as bands and choruses from all 50 states come to the nation's capital. (202) 789-7007.- Marine Corps Tuesday Evening Parades. Featuring the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and Silent Drill team at the Iwo Jima Memorial. Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Free shuttle service from Arlington Cemetery Visitors Center.

- Marine Corps Friday Evening Parades. Held at the Marine Barracks, 8th & I streets, SE. beginning at 8:20. Reservations required to ensure seating. (202) 433-6060.

- Carillon Recitals. At the Netherlands Carillon on the grounds of the Iwo Jima Memorial. Saturdays 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.

- Big Band Concert Series. Every Wednesday at the Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument grounds, 8-10 p.m.

- Connecticut Connection City Arts Series. Noontime concerts each Friday by Washington area artists. At the Connecticut Connection's outdoor arcade, 1101 Connecticut Ave. NW.

- Washington National Cathedral's Summer Festival of Music. Call for schedule (202) 537-6200.

- Sunday Polo. Matches every Sunday afternoon of the field east of the Lincoln Memorial. 3 p.m. June; 4 p.m. July-August; 3 p.m. September.

- C&O Barge Rides. Mule-drawn barges go along the scenic C&O Canal in Georgetown and in Great Falls, Md. The rides take about 90 minutes, and costumed Park Service guides tell canal's history through stories and song. Admission. (202) 472-4376.

- Military Band Summer Concert Series. Concerts featuring military bands are held nightly at 8 p.m. at U.S. Capitol/west side or at Sylvan Theater on Washington Memorial grounds. Call for schedule and location of your favorite band. (202) 475-1281.

- The American Sailor. Multimedia presentation showcasing the history of the U.S. Navy. Wednesday evenings, 9 p.m. at Navy Yard waterfront. Reservations required to assure seating. (202) 433-2218.

- Twilight Tattoo Series. A pageant that combines the patriotic spirit and music of a traditional military parade with the rich history of the U.S. Army. Wednesday evenings July 10-August 28, 7 p.m., on the Ellipse grounds.

- Making Washington: Proprietors, Dreamers and Builders. Exhibit at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. 1307 New Hampshire Ave, N.W.