National Cherry Blossom Festival
Yoshino Cherry Blossoms © Uberlemur
One of Washington D.C.'s most famous events is the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrating the arrival of spring. Visitors flock to the city to admire the beautiful pink and white blossoms which 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. Festivities show off both Japanese and Washingtonian culture, as well as a fireworks display. 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.
Venue: Tidal Basin
Date: 20 Mar - 13 Apr 2020