We made it to D.C. at the tail end of the Cherry Blossom Festival, literally the last weekend, so not all of the tree still had flowers. However, we got to attend the parade, Sakura Matsuri, and visit the Japanese Market. We did miss Sailor Moon Live, but overall had a blast. The weather was perfect for it on Saturday, the food was amazing, the performances were breathtaking, and the festival had much more to offer than I had anticipated. I will definitely be going again and again.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship between the United States and Japan. One of DC’s largest spectator events, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, is a vibrant springtime tradition set against the backdrop of DC’s most iconic landmarks along Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the one mile Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship, seen only once a year during the Festival. From the National Archives to the Washington Monument, spectators are wow-ed by the pageantry and excitement that is the nation’s premier springtime parade. Tickets for Grandstand seating start at $20, but standing room along the route is free. The 2019 parade begins at 10:00 A.M. until Noon along Constitution Ave, from 7th to 17th St NW.