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National Cherry Blossom Festival

Yoshino Cherry Blossoms © Uberlemur
Yoshino Cherry Blossoms © Uberlemur

One of Washington DC's most famous events is the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival which celebrates the arrival of spring. Visitors flock to the city to admire the beautiful pink and white blossoms that surround the Tidal Basin, the original gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the city from the people of Japan in 1912 as a symbol of friendship between the two countries. The festivities that include a cultural blend of music, dance, and art demonstrations and performances from Japan and Washington, a fireworks display and parade. The Parade is the festival's biggest event with spectacular floats, marching bands, costumed dance groups, and giant helium balloons. A Japanese Street Festival after the parade exhibits the traditions, arts, and food of Japan. The National Cherry Blossom Festival claims to be the best place outside of Japan to see cherry blossoms.

Venue: Tidal Basin

Date: 20 March to 15 April 2018

Website: www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org