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 (dates TBC) 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.┬áLink to the on-line Tidal Basin Welcome Area Performance Stage application will be posted on September 1, 2014.

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). Link to the on-line Interest to Perform application will be posted on September 1, 2014.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®
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.

MARCHING BAND APPLICATIONS

2015 Marching Band Application (deadline: September 10, 2014)

2016 Marching Band Application (deadline: September 10, 2015)

OTHER PARADE APPLICATIONS

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