Celebrating A Century of Cherry Blossoms

2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Photo by Selina Dudley

It has been 100 years since the United States received some 3,000 cherry blossom trees as a gift from Japan celebrating the symbol of international friendship.  The eye-catching cherry blossom trees were placed around the District and ring the Tidal Basin.

On April 14, Constitution Avenue was filled with spectators for the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Families, friends and strangers packed the grandstands and sidewalks, and climbed most every other available piece of architecture in order to see the vibrant, creative and entertaining displays.

“Who doesn’t love a parade?” asked Jennifer Adams of Pittsburgh, who attended the parade with a group of friends … Read more.

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