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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Washington Redskins fans hope RG3 era begins Thursday at D.C. area NFL draft parties

Is this the Redskins’ next franchise quarterback? Find out on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
While this year’s NFL draft lacks any real suspense (for fans of the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins, at least), there’s a festive mood at local sports bars. Here’s where you can gather with fellow fans to watch the Redskins use the second overall pick, when it’s expected they’ll have the opportunity to draft Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III:

• The Redskins themselves are throwing a party at FedEx Field, offering free admission to the Club Level suites and showing the draft on the stadium’s jumbo high-definition video boards. Gates open at 6 p.m. The only caveat: You must register in advance through if you want to attend.

• ESPN 980 radio will be broadcasting live from Union Pub on Captiol Hill, even though that bar is a diehard Chicago Bears bar during the NFL season. The Sports Reporters show will broadcast live from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by Doc Walker and Scott Jackson live from 7 to 9 p.m. Look out for Redskins cheerleaders and beer specials all night.

• Ivan Carter of Comcast SportsNet’s “Sports Talk Live” hosts a draft viewing party and NFL Q&A session at BlackFinn Bethesda beginning at 7 p.m. Food and drink specials will be offered until 9 p.m.

• Fan site Hogs Haven , the Ball Hogs internet radio show and Capitol Hill blog Cloture Club are teaming up for an event at Rocket Bar, with special guests and drink specials. There’s a $5 cover charge, but proceeds will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association/

We’ll update this post as we hear about more places to catch RG3 fever.

By  |  01:02 PM ET, 04/24/2012

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