The Nation's Greatest Springtime Celebration


MARCH 20 - APRIL 12, 2015

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 application period for the 2015 Festival is now closed and all performance slots are committed.
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.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®
All applications for involvement in the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® are now closed.
One of the largest annual spectator events in Washington, the Parade takes place on the final Saturday of the Festival (April 16, 2016) 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 for the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®.


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 Parade® 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; please include what year you are interested in, in the email subject line.


2016 Specialty Unit Application (deadline: December 31, 2015)

2016 Mass Youth Choir Application of Interest (Application Coming Soon) – 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.

2016 All-Star Tap Team Application of Interest (Application Coming Soon) – 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.