National Cherry Blossom Festival Photos

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    Images of Washington, DC's Spring Festival

    Cherry Blossoms and the Jefferson Memorial. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    Washington, DC welcomes the arrival of spring each year with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a three-week special event showcasing thousands of cherry trees along the Tidal Basin. Each spring when the trees bloom, the area becomes a magical showplace and a popular attraction for visitors from around the world. Enjoy these photos of the Cherry Blossom trees and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Events in Washington, DC.

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    Japanese Culture at the National Cherry Blossom Festival

    Kabuki1 at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    Many events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrate Japanese culture. The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off the busy tourist season in Washington, DC and includes many special events near the monuments and the museums on the National Mall.

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    National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade - Drummers

    National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade-Drummers. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the arrival of spring in Washington, DC and includes many special events including a parade that combines wonderful entertainment for the whole family including decorated floats, gigantic colorful helium balloons, marching bands, clowns, horses, antique cars, military and celebrity performances.

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    Smithsonian Kite Festival

    Smithsonian Kite Festival. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Blossom Kite Festival is an annual event that starts off the festivities of the National Cherry Blossom Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC..

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    Children View Cherry Blossoms and the Washington Monument

    Children View Cherry Blossoms and the Washington Monument. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    Cherry blossom season is a great time of year to spend with family on the Tidal Basin. 

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    National Building Museum Opening Day

    National Building Museum Opening Day. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Opening Day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival is a family fun day at the National Building Museum.

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    More Cherry Blossoms and the Washington Monument

    Cherry Blossoms and the Washington Monument. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    The blossoming trees are one of the main attractions of the festival.

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    Judo at the National Cherry Blossom Festival

    Judo at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    Many special events and demonstrations take place near the monuments and the museums on the National Mall.

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    National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

    Japan America Society of Washington marches in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    See the Japan America Society of Washington march in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

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    Cherry Blossom Festival Queens

    See a photo of the Cherry Blossom Queens in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, DC. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    The Cherry Blossom Queens ride on a float in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, DC

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    Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

    See a photo of the Sakura Matsuri Street Festival, an event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    The Sakura Matsuri Street Festival is a major event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC

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    National Cherry Blossom Festival - Japanese Performer

    Japanese Performer at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    National Cherry Blossom Festival performers wear traditional Japanese clothing.

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    Marching Band at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

    Marching Band at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off the busy tourist season in Washington, DC and includes many special events near the monuments and the museums on the National Mall. The parade combines wonderful entertainment for the whole family including decorated floats, gigantic colorful helium balloons, marching bands, clowns, horses, antique cars, military and celebrity performances.

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    Mikimoto Float at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

    Mikimoto Float at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off the busy tourist season in Washington, DC and includes many fun special events for the whole family. The parade is one of the highlights of the season.

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    National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

    National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

    Japanese children participate in the parade. 

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    National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

    National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    The parade participants are different each year, including decorated floats, gigantic colorful helium balloons, marching bands, clowns, horses, antique cars, military and celebrity performances.

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    Cherry Blossoms and the Washington Monument

    Cherry Blossoms and the Washington Monument. Photo © National Cherry Blossom Festival

    The cherry blossoms are fun to photograph.

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    Paddle Boats on the Tidal Basin

    Paddle Boats on the Tidal Basin. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Paddle boats are available to rent on the eastern shore of the Tidal Basin. Boaters enjoy the view the Jefferson Memorial and Japanese Cherry Trees from the water.

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    Japanese Dancers

    © Miller Taylor

    Japanese Dancers perform at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

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    Prelude to the Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks

    Photo © Miller Taylor

    Fireworks are displayed on the Southwest Waterfront. A fire boat onsite squirts water in celebration of the spring festival. 

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    Dragon Kite at the Smithsonian Kite Festival

    Photo © Miller Taylor

    Hundreds of interesting kites fly over the National Mall during the Smithsonian Kite Festival.

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    Spirit of Washington Performers

    Photo © Miller Taylor

    Performers from the Spirit of Washington entertain the crowd before the fireworks on the Southwest Waterfront.

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    U.S. Navy Band

    U.S. Navy Band. Photo © Miller Taylor

    The U.S. Navy Band performs at the Prelude to the Fireworks on the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, DC.

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    Target Dancers

    Photo © Miller Taylor

    Target is one of the major sponsors of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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    US Army Band

    US Army Band Photo
    Photo © Miller Taylor

    The US Army Band entertains the crowd at the Prelude to the Fireworks on the Southwest Waterfront.