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    DC Cherry Blossom Festival

    By Cudjoe

    Every year, DC celebrates the Cherry Blossom festival, which embraces American and Japanese cultures signifying the relationship established in 1912 when Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted over 3,000 trees. This year the festival began March 20 and will run through April 14, 2019. During this time, several events such as Pink Tie Party, Smithsonian American Art Museum celebration, Japanese Culture day, Kite festival, Petalpalooza, Newseum nights, etc. leading up to the parade and the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival.

    So many people participate in the festival crowding the National Mall, so it is best to commute on foot, bikes are ok, but they just get in the way. I try to visit during the blooming period, but I have been missing it, not on purpose of course, so this year, I made it a point to immerse myself in the celebration after work.

    Here are upcoming events if you have not visited yet:

    • Blossom Bash (April 5)

    • 21st Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk (April 6)

    • Petalpalooza (April 6)

    • Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run & 5K Run-Walk (April 7)

    • Newseum Nights: In Bloom (April 12)

    • National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC (April 13)

    • Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival (April 13)

    Share your best moment at the Cherry Blossom Festival with us!


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