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Praise be to Christopher Columbus: We not only get a day off work and a chance to buy sale-price audio equipment, but for the third year running we also get an extra day to hang around the Taste of D.C. festival. Today, Sunday, and Monday, five blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue will play host to a parade of musicians, 50 of Washington’s well-known restaurants, and a few hundred thousand people in desperate search of summer’s last gasp. The party stretches from 9th to 14th Streets NW, and, from noon to 6:30 p.m., the sound stages at 9th and 12th Streets will feature everything from jazz and blues to reggae and rock, including performances by such notables as Dr. John and Al Green. There’s also a parade, a 5K race, and a culinary showcase that will allow the rest of us to sample the restaurant dishes the well-heeled are always raving about. FREE. (202) 724-4093. (Alan Green)