Redskins to host draft party

Despite the NFL’s ongoing labor dispute, the Washington Redskins will again hold their annual draft day party at FedEx Field starting on April 30.

The event starts at 11:30. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is expected to address fans at 5:30 p.m., NFL draft schedule and weather permitting. Last year’s party drew about 10,000 fans, according to the team.
Former Redskins players, including Mike Bragg, Ravin Caldwell, Gary Clark, Ricky Ervins, Pat Fischer, Frank Grant, Ken Houston, Dexter Manley, Ron McDole, Raleigh McKenzie, Ron Saul, George Starke, Charley Taylor and Doc Walker will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.

Houston will be signing autographs at the Pro Football Hall of Fame booth on the Club Level in Section 341/342.

“The draft is still taking place, so we want to make it as much fun as possible for the fans," said Redskins senior vice president Tony Wyllie. "We will always be appreciative of our alumni, who are a very important part of the Redskins family and the NFL community, and our fans love them."

The day’s festivities also will feature performances by the Redskins cheerleaders and marching band, merchandise sales at the Hall of Fame store and free raffles for autographed Redskins’ memorabilia.

Fans will be allowed on the field, receive a tour of the Redskins locker room and experience the Redskins Play 60 youth fitness zone.

To sign up for a free Redskins Draft Day Party pass, which is required for admission, go to www.redskins.com. Signing up also enters fans into drawings for VIP access to the party, a pair of Premium Tickets to a 2011 home game, and more.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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