6 – 7 PM
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F Street NW, Washington DC 20566 (Map)
6 – 7 PM
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F Street NW, Washington DC 20566 (Map)
Metro: Foggy Bottom Metro – Use Trip Planner
9 AM – 5 PM (except weekends and holidays), Opening & Lecture is 6:30 PM at JICC on April 5th
Japan Information & Cultural Center, 1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20036-3838 (Map)
To open this exhibition on unique and meticulous craftsmanship, master ceramicist 11th Chozaemon Ohi (Mr. Toshio Ohi) will present a lecture on Japanese art and traditional Japanese tea ceremony on the evening of April 5.
Born in Kanazawa, Japan, Mr. Toshio Ohi graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Boston University in 1984. He has won prestigious awards from the Japanese government, to include most recently the Prime Minister of Japan Prize at the 54th Japan Contemporary Craft Exhibition in 2015, and has displayed his collections throughout Japan, the US, South America, Europe and Asia.
To learn more and register for the opening event, please sign up for the JICC mailing list
Metro: Farragut North – Use Trip Planner
9 AM – 5 PM
National Building Museum (map)
Noon – 1 PM
Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20540 (map)
Metro: Capital South – Use Trip Planner
1- 9 PM; Fireworks display 8:30pm RAIN or SHINE
Southwest Waterfront – 600 Water Street, SW to the Waterfront Park and Titanic Memorial (map)
CHERRY BLOSSOM PLAZA
• Harris Teeter Experience
• Cherry Blossom Photos – sponsored by Harris Teeter
• DC Dragon Boats and Excursions
• Beer and Cider Garden – sales stop at 8:15 PM, services stops at 8:30 pm
• Product Samples provided – by Harris Teeter and Procter and Gamble
GANGPLANK MARINA/ COPPER BEACH PARK
• Food Truck Rally
• Coffee and Hot Chocolate Samples – sponsored by Dunkin Donuts
• Sailboat Making
• Hot 99.5 Music and Giveaways – special appearance by DJ Toby Knapp from 2-4 PM
• Blossom Art
WATER STREET CIRCLE
• Food Truck Rally and Picnic Area
• Blossom Hair Styles and Photo Shoot – sponsored by Hair Cuttery
• Blossom Ink Temporary Tattoos
• Family Comfort Station sponsored by Pampers, Luvs and Dreft
• Paper Bag Puppets
• T-shirt Crafting – by Harbor Patrol
• Kasa Hat Creations
• Paper Kite Gliders
• Face Painting
• Family Games
• Koi Windsocks
We strongly encourage attendees to take public transportation to the Waterfront area.
Metrorail- Orange/Blue lines to L’Enfant Plaza (0.7 miles to the Festival) or Green line to Waterfront (0.3 miles to the Festival)
Metrobus- There are many options for bus routes near the Festival site. Use the Trip Planner
There is no public event parking on Water Street, SW. Please utilize area parking lots on 4th Street, SW and by L’Enfant Plaza.
Attendees can access the Festival at multiple entry points, including the intersection of Maine Ave. SW and M St. SW as well as via several access points along 4th St SW towards Waterfront Park.
Fireworks Viewing Information: Attendees are encouraged to view the fireworks display along the waterfront closest to the Titanic Memorial. While there will be many vantage points along the waterfront the Waterfront Park is an ideal location. Please proceed to this area well in advance of the show for your safety and exit on walkways to 4th Street SW.
10 AM – 4:30 PM
Grounds of the Washington Monument near 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue (Map)
Please note: drones are prohibited at this event.
The Rain date is Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 12 PM
COMPETITION & DEMONSTRATION FIELD
Opening Remarks and Kick-off Kite Parade 10 AM
Kite Ballets & Demonstrations 10:30 – 11 AM
Adult Kite Makers Competition 11 AM – 1 PM
Demonstration: Kites of the Decades 1 – 2 PM
Hot Tricks Showdown 2 – 3 PM
Rokkaku Battle 3 – 4 PM
Puzzle Rokkaku 4 – 4:15 PM
Kite Arch and Awards 4:15 – 4:30 PM
Practice Fly for Youth Kite Makers 10:30 – 11 AM
Youth Kite Makers Competition 11 AM – 12 Noon
Youth Kite Makers Awards 12 Noon – 12:30 PM
Mini Rokkaku Practice 12:30 – 1 PM
Mini Rokkaku Challenge (ages 5-9) 1 – 1:30 PM
Mini Rokkaku Challenge (ages 10-15) 1:45 – 2 PM
Bol Races 2 – 3 PM
Family Open Fly 3 – 4:30 PM
Metro: Smithsonian, Orange/Blue lines. Use Trip Planner.
P: 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666)
5 – 6:30 PM
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street, NW (map)
FREE; Advance ticketing required. There will be a $5 registration fee when tickets are claimed.
Tickets are currently sold out, if last-minute spaces are available, walk-ins will be accepted at 4:45 PM on the day of the event.
Available to claim beginning at 10 AM on Thursday, January 28
WHEELCHAIR AND HEARING-IMPAIRED SEATING REQUESTS
To request wheelchair seating or hearing-impaired seating (require ASL interpreter), contact the National Cherry Blossom Festival ticket manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Wheelchair and hearing-impaired seating requests are limited to two per patron.
As a kid growing up in Kansas City, Brenna Whitaker fell in love with the music of jazz and blues singers from a long-ago era. “Ruth Brown, Peggy Lee, Cab Calloway, Etta James – those are my people,” says the L.A.-based vocalist. “I don’t even know how I ended up knowing so many of their songs and standards from back then. It’s almost like they found their way to me, like I’m from another time.” After landing her first professional theater gig at age 11, moving to New York City on her own to study with Broadway veterans at age 17, and spending her early 20s leading jazz bands back home in Missouri, Whitaker headed to L.A. and started setting up a series of residencies that eventually attracted fans like Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, and Michael Bublé and caught the attention of Verve Music Group chairman and 16-time Grammy Award-winner David Foster. The first new artist Foster has agreed to develop and produce since discovering Bublé, Whitaker has released her self-titled debut album for Verve that finds her reviving a vast American jukebox of classic songs and revealing the full force of her stunning, soulful voice.
ASAKO TAMURA – JAPANESE SOPRANO SINGER
Born in Kyoto, Japan, Ms. Tamura began studying piano at age four. She graduated from Kunitachi College of Music with a Bachelor of Arts in Voice and Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music where she earned a Master of Arts in Opera. Since 2002, Ms Tamura has embarked on an international career as the female soloist in the Three Tenors Concert with Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras at the Arena of Yokohama during the World Cup Championship. She also performed in the Summer Opera Festival at the Foro Romano in Rome and made a debut in the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the National Opera in Constanz, Romania. Ms. Tamura’s extensive performance credits include appearances as Juliet in Romeo et Juliet with the Hungarian State Opera; and the Hacioji City Opera, Japan; Licenza in Il Sogno di Scipione with Gotham Chamber Opera; Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Pacific Music Festival and Musetta in La Boheme; Zerlina in Don Giovanni and the title role in Manon in New York. Additionally she has made numerous appearances with various orchestras around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Summer Festival in Roma, L.A. Asian American Philharmonic Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Hamamatsu City Bach Orchestra, and Tokyo City Orchestra.
Gamarjobat fascinates people with their two attractions: thoroughly-plotted stage acts, and lively shows with explosive energy. The group came to be in 1999 when Ketch!, easily identified by his red mohawk, had a fateful street performer encounter with HIRO-PON, with his distinctive yellow mohawk. Their highly-acclaimed performance has been valued highly beyond language and cultural barriers; they have been invited to perform at over 200 festivals in more than 30 countries. For this, they were chosen as one of “the 100 most respected Japanese people in the world” in the Japanese-edition of Newsweek magazine. In 2014, they started the brand new project, “THE GAMARJOBAT COMPANY”. They get together with other professional stage artists to create and perform pantomime-based Silent Comedy works.
MIHO HAZAMA – Conductor of a 14-Piece Jazz Ensemble
Originally from Tokyo, Japan, New York-based jazz composer Miho Hazama began playing piano and electric organ at age 5 and started studying classical composition at age 13. In 2009, Ms. Hazama graduated from Kunitachi College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in Classical Composition. With private instruction in jazz composition from Jim McNeely and piano from Phil Markowitz, Ms. Hazama completed her master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) in Jazz Composition in 2012. A winner of the 2011 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, Ms. Hazama participated in the Metropole Orkest Arranger’s Workshop in the Netherlands where her arrangements were conducted by Vince Mendoza and performed by the Metropole Orkest. Since 2007, Ms. Hazama has worked with Yosuke Yamashita, Vince Mendoza, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Sagisu as well as TV-Asahi “Untitled Concert,” the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Siena Wind Orchestra, Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, Yamaha Symphonic Band and the Metropole Orkest. Her arrangements have been performed not only in the US but also in Japan, Poland, England, France and the Netherlands.
The 6821 QUINTET
A quintet specially assembled for the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation. Cleverly named to reflect the distance from Tokyo to DC, the group is comprised Mayu Kishima (violin), Tim Park (cello), Meng Wang (viola), Mayumi Sakamoto (Piano), and Andrew Kwon (violin) The quintet will be premiering a piece specifically composed for the National Cherry Blossom Festival by Washington Award Grand Prize Winner Michael Djupstrom.
A Tsugaru Shamisen duo comprised of Ko Takahashi and Misao Habu. They got to know each other at Aomori Japanese Folk Song Festival in August, 2011 and worked many times together afterwards. Misao Habu achieved three crowns in the All-Japan Tsugaru Shamisen contest from 2012 through 2013. Ko Takahashi won the victory in the All-Japan Tsugaru Shamisen contest held in Tokyo in April, 2001.He also appeared as a guest on the live concert which celebrates “Misao Habu’s All-Japan Tsugaru Shamisen Championship Winner. Then he composed the works to represent her feelings of “ Genesis” and he got a favorable reception to announce the song. Habu believed in his works and Takahashi trusted her proficiency in musical skills, so they formed the Tsugaru Shamisen Dois‘ HAZUKI’
Metro: The Warner Theatre is accessible through the Metro Center station. This can be accessed through the red, orange, silver and blue lines.
10 AM – Noon
Constitution Avenue – From 7th to 17th streets, NW
Starting at $20 for Grandstand Seating. Standing along the Parade route from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, NW is FREE and open to the public. Arrive early for the best views.
Tickets are still available! Advance online ticket sales have closed. Tickets will be available onsite, details below.
One of DC’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the 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. Parade co-hosts are ABC7’s own Leon Harris and Alison Starling, with special appearances from Dancing with the Stars’ Carrie Ann Inaba and Good Morning America’s Rob Marciano.
Can’t make it to the Parade? Make sure to catch the Washington, DC-area local broadcast on Saturday, April 16 from Noon – 2 PM on ABC7/WJLA and 2 PM – 4 PM on News Channel 8. You can also catch the live stream from 10 AM – Noon on wjla.com (live stream will be available for 30 days).
Parade lovers from across the country can watch the one-hour Parade, syndicated nationally in the weeks following the Parade. See National Syndication information below for airing dates and times.
Marching Bands: • Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Band, Acton, Massachusetts • Ballou High School Band, Washington, DC • Camdenton High School Band, Missouri • Connetquot High School Band, Bohemia, New York • Grand Ledge High School Band, Michigan • Herndon High School Band, Virginia • J. W. Mitchell High School Band, New Port Richey, Florida • Jefferson High School Band, Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia • Logan High School Band, Ohio • Lyman High School Band, Longwood, Florida • Portsmouth High School Band, Rhode Island • Richmond Hill High School Band, Georgia • W. Tresper Clarke High School Band, Westbury, New York • Wheeler High School Band, Marietta, Georgia
Tickets will be available to purchase onsite, cash only.
East End ticket sales will be available at the will call booth at 9th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW for $30.
West End ticket sales will be available at the will call booth at 15th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW for $20.
Guests must be seated by 9:45 AM. Late seating will happen at appropriate intervals.
Arrive early and allow extra travel time due to road closures. Click here for a map of road closures.
East End (sections 1-26) Ticket Holder Information: click here for seating area map and click here for walking directions map.
West End (sections 98-165) click here for a seating area map.
Metro: The one-mile length of the Parade route is accessible from multiple Metro stations. Ticketholders should confer their ticket purchase confirmation email that contains explicit instructions on how to walk from Metro to their seats. Spectators who are standing along the free & accessible portions of the route from 9th to 15th Streets should utilize the following Metro stops • To stand on the north side of Constitution Avenue – Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green/Yellow lines), Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange/Silver lines) or Metro Center (Blue/Orange/Red/Silver lines) • To stand on the south side of Constitution Avenue – L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Green/Orange/Silver/Yellow lines) or Smithsonian (Blue/Orange lines)
Spectators should utilize the DC Circulator’s new National Mall route for access to all portions of the Parade. Rides cost just $1 and buses arrive every 10 minutes. Changes will be made to the traditional route for the Parade, so riders are encouraged to check the DC Circulator website regularly for up-to-date information regarding the DC Circulator National Mall route service updates.
Multiple Capital Bikeshare stations are conveniently located for Parade attendees. For a complete list of Capital Bikeshare stations in the area, visit the Capital Bikeshare website. Anyone can ride for just $8 per day, $17 for 3 days, $30 for a month or $85 annually. Take a bike from any station, enjoy your ride, and return it to the station of your choice. Trips under 30 minutes are free.
Click here for a list of on-air dates for the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade national broadcast.
This Program is being funded partially through the District of Columbia Executive Office of the Mayor – Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.
1 – 2 PM
1250 New York Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20005 (Map)
Metro: Metro Center Use the Trip Planner
11 AM- 2 PM
Washington Monument Grounds, 17th Ave and Constitution Ave NW (Map)
Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic grants wishes for children in our region ages 2 ½ through 18 who are deemed medically eligible by a medical professional. The conditions we work closely with include, but are not limited to, cancer, pediatric AIDS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchene’s muscular dystrophy, kidney and heart disease.
Walk For Wishes will feature local celebrities, games, facepainting, crafts, an opportunity to hear more about the wish experience and a lap around the picturesque National Mall. We invite the public to join us the day of the event, but also encourage pre-registration and fundraising at www.WalkForWishesDC.org.
Metro: Smithsonian Use the Trip Planner