April 14, 2018
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.
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.
Celebrity performances and appearances in the 2018 Parade includes:
- Grand Marshal: Carla Hall (of ABC’s The Chew)
- 90s hip-hop group Arrested Development
- Pop/classical string quartet Well Strung
- The Voice season 11 contestant Billy Gilman
- The Voice season eight contestant Sarah Potenza
- Country singer Ty Herndon
- Extreme pogo stunt team XPOGO
- Giant helium balloons, including Peppa Pig, Smurfette, Magic School Bus, and more
- Keep checking back for the full Line of March!
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 National Mall route for access to all portions of the Parade. The closest stops are located along Madison Drive NW. Rides cost just $1 and buses arrive every 10 minutes. Riders are encouraged to check DCCirculator.com for real-time service updates, as the traditional route may experience some detours due to road closures.
Capital Bikeshare is the public bikesharing system in the metro DC area. You can take a bike from any station, enjoy your ride, and return it to the station of your choice. All trips under 30 minutes are included with your pass! Multiple Capital Bikeshare stations are conveniently located near the Parade route and along the National Mall.
Spectators on the north side of Constitution Avenue can use the station at 10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW or 14th Street & D Street NW / Reagan Building.
Spectators on the south side of Constitution Avenue can use the station at 14th Street & Jefferson Street SW / Washington Monument or 12th Street & Jefferson Street SW / Smithsonian Metro.
For a complete list of stations, visit CapitalBikeshare.com.