National Cherry Blossom Festival
The blooming of the cherry trees around the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. has
come to symbolize the natural beauty of our nation's capital city. Thousands of city
residents and visitors from across the nation and around the world come here to witness
the spectacle, hoping that the trees will be at the peak of bloom for the Cherry Blossom
Festival, Washington's week-long rite of spring. The 1999 Cherry Blossom Festival is full
of attractions for everybody.
Check out the main events below or click to the left for a complete event
listing. Don't forget to take a look at the history of the festival or information
about the festival queen.
Saturday, April 10
Event: National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
sponsored by the Downtown Jaycees. Where: Constitution Ave. from 7th to 17th Street NW
When: 9:30 am Cost: Grandstand tickets $12 through Ticketmaster at 202 432-SEAT.
Event: Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) 37th Annual
Celebration sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Washington. Cross-cultural
performing arts, crafts, Taste of Japan, Japanese storytelling. Where: Freedom Plaza.
When: Noon to 5 pm. Cost: Free. Info: 202 833-2210.
Event: NCSS Post Parade Brunch. Meet the 1999 National Cherry
Blossom Queen and her Japanese Counterpart. Brunch includes deli treats, salads, breakfast
specialties, and more. Where: J.W. Marriott Hotel, 14th St. and Penna. Ave. When Noon.
Cost: $35 per person.
Cherry Blossom Festival dates are set based on the average time of
blooming, but nature is not always cooperative, and unseasonable icy winds sometimes nip
the blossoms and spoil the show.
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