March 17 - April 15, 2018

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Sing Into Spring Winners Selected to Perform in Parade

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is delighted to announce The GW Pitches, Emma G, and Summer as the winners of the 2018 Sing Into Spring competition. Selected following a live audition at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC – where 17 finalists went head-to-head to showcase their vocal abilities, the […]

Parade Grandstand Tickets On Sale Now!

Standing room along the Parade route is free, but grandstand seats ensure the best view, and tickets are now on sale for individuals and groups of 10 or more.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC

Enjoy this long-standing Washington tradition featuring lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and family entertainment.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Festival Merchandise Tent – Parade Day

2014 Parade All Star Tap Performer Materials

2014 Parade All Star Tap Performer Materials VIDEO: “Gonna Fly Now” Video MUSIC: “Gonna Fly Now” Music NOTES: “Gonna Fly Now”Production Notes  

JNTO LED Bracelet Selfie Official Rules

Send us a photo of yourself with your JNTO LED bracelet (“Selfie”) that you received at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony! VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. If you enter your Selfie with a smart phone, message and […]

Update: Peak Bloom Predicted

The National Park Service today updated the predicted the peak bloom prediction of the cherry trees to March 27 – March 31. The National Cherry Blossom Festival will still begin on March 17 with the opening of the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage. The Festival will continue as scheduled with four full weeks of programming through April 15. […]

Now Accepting Volunteers!

The National Cherry  Blossom Festival (March 20 – April 15, 2018) is seeking friendly, cooperative, and reliable volunteers of all ages! Get a behind-the-scenes experience of the nation’s greatest springtime celebration through a variety of exciting volunteer roles, including: Balloon handlers for the televised National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade “Kite Cops” to enforce safe kite-flying […]

Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival Presented by The Japan-America Society of Washington DC

The Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival, the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the U.S., returns to the streets of downtown DC, presenting more than 80 cultural groups, arts vendors and food booths in a showcase of more than 30 cumulative hours of vibrant programming.