Apr 8, 2011 15:18 - Regina Falkowski | 1,645 views
If you will be in the Washington, DC area this weekend be sure to view the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It is one of DC’s largest events of the year, and draws in over 100,000 spectators world-wide.
Featured in the parade are lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, horses, antique cars, military and performers dancing down Constitution Avenue. There will also be a few celebrities attending including Sheryl Lee Ralph, Cece Peniston, and Atticus Shaffer who has been named Grand Marshal of the 2011 parade.
The tradition dates back to March 27, 1912 when Mayor Yukio Ozaki donated cherry trees to emulate the blossoming friendship between the United States and Japan. The first Cherry Blossom Festival was held in 1935, and continues to be celebrated every spring. It is truly a beautiful and amazing site to see all the cherry trees in full bloom.
Time: 10 AM – Noon
Location: Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW
Cost: $17/person for Grandstand Seating; FREE along Parade route
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