Cherry Blossom Parade. April 12. Time: 10 AM – Noon Location: Constitution Avenue – From 7th to 17th Streets, NW (map) Parade route runs from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, NW is FREE and open to the public. Arrive early for the best views.
Attend one of Washington’s most exciting springtime traditions − the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. The Parade runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets. Lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and performers burst down the historic avenue in an energy-filled spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a spring celebration in Washington, D.C., commemorating the March 27, 1912, gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington. Mayor Ozaki donated the trees in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan and also celebrate the continued close relationship between the two nations.