Performing Arts Opportunities

The National Cherry Blossom Festival has several key events that showcase performing arts of different genres. The Festival welcomes the interest and participation of performers and performance groups to be a part of the celebration at these venues:

Tidal Basin Welcome Area Performance Stage

The performances presented on the Tidal Basin Welcome Area stage (March 28 – April 12) during the National Cherry Blossom Festival are meant to celebrate the friendship symbolized by the gift of flowering cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington, D.C. and to demonstrate cross-cultural exchange through a dynamic mix of American, Japanese, and other cultural performing arts. Situated in the Festival hub among the cherry trees and with iconic views of the memorials that are in proximity to the Tidal Basin, the Festival strives to incorporates artists that perform family-friendly dances, demonstrations or music that are upbeat and festive – reflective of the celebratory nature of the festival. Click here to complete the on-line Tidal Basin Welcome Area Performance Stage application.

Family Day presented with the National Building Museum

Set in one of Washington, DC’s grandest venues, Family Day presented with the National Building Museum (March 21, 2015), provides a showcase to youth audiences and their parents, adding entertainment to the multitude of hands-on activity stations set throughout the Museum. Performances on the stage must either be composed of young members, or provide cultural learning opportunities for younger audiences (ages 6-12). Click here to complete the Application of Interest.

National Cherry Blossom Festival ParadeĀ®
One of the largest annual spectator events in Washington, the Parade takes place on the final Saturday of the Festival (April 11, 2015) in Downtown DC along historic Constitution Avenue. People line the street for blocks to watch the two-hour, televised procession of original floats, giant character helium balloons, and other fun Parade fanfare. Marching bands, specialty units, youth choir members, and tap dancers are sought to add to the energy-filled spectacle. Click the pink links below to download the applications.

MARCHING BAND APPLICATIONS

2016 Marching Band Application (deadline: September 10, 2015) – the Festival welcomes applications from high school, university, and specialty marching bands with 100+ members, as they are an integral part of the Parade mix. Their pageantry, musical selection, colors, marching style, and auxiliary contributions help create a stunning presentation. The 2016 Parade will be held on Saturday, April 16.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival ParadeĀ® will be held on the following future dates:

  • 2017 – Saturday, April 9
  • 2018 – Saturday, April 14

Marching bands that are interested in receiving a copy of the Parade application(s) when they are available should contact Under the Sun Productions at Awalp6@aol.com; please include what year you are interested in, in the email subject line.

OTHER PARADE APPLICATIONS

2015 Specialty Unit Application (deadline: December 31, 2014)

2015 Mass Youth Choir Application of Interest (deadline: January 20, 2015) – youth choirs are invited to perform with hundreds of vocalists on the steps of the National Archives for the youth choir production and perform again as part of the parade finale production for television.

2015 All-Star Tap Team Application of Interest (deadline: January 20, 2015) – calling all tap dancers! This is the chance to perform with hundreds of dancers in front of the National Archives for television, walk down Constitution Avenue dancing and waving to the crowd, and perform again near the White House.