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.
Who Is Performing:
- Cast members from the award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys
- Pop sensation Tiffany
- The Voice contestants Sisaundra Lewis and Meghan Lindsey
- America’s Got Talent Season One Winner Bianca Ryan
- R&B Grammy-nominated artist and DC native Raheem DeVaughn
- Top-10 finisher from season 12 of American Idol Lazaro Arbos
- Latin vocal group Viva Mas, who recently performed for Pope Francis
- From We Love Disney Charles Perry
- Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell
- Washington Redskins Cheerleaders
- Local talent, including winners of the third annual Sing Into Spring Competition and the Washington Performing Arts Men and Women of the Gospel Choir
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.