Join the Nation’s Greatest Springtime Celebration!
The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is one of Washington, DC’s largest public events of the year, drawing about 100,000 spectators from around the world.
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, the National Cherry Blossom Festival® All-Star Youth Tap Dance Team and Choir, and various cultural performing groups. Norah O’Donnell, co-anchor of CBS This Morning, joins WUSA 9 News anchors Andrea Roane and Mike Hydeck as parade hosts this year.
WUSA 9 will air the parade locally in a delayed telecast from noon to 2:00 p.m.
Parade Date & Time: April 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cost: 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.
How to get to D.C.
Avoid Washington, D.C. traffic! Purchase an all-day pass or SmartTrip Card and take the metro red line from Shady Grove or Glenmont into the city. For a more enjoyable trip, take Metrorail during non-rush hours to the Smithsonian Station (Blue/Orange lines). Alternatively, the L’Enfant Plaza Station (Blue/Yellow/Green lines), 7th Street & Maryland Avenue exit, is only an extra 10-minute walk to the blossoms and much less crowded.
Avoid the crowds!
For those who don’t feel like visiting the Jefferson Memorial or dealing with the crowds in Washington, D.C., you can enjoy the pretty cotton candy blossoms in Kenwood, a suburban neighborhood just across the District line (Bethesda, Chevy Chase area). Twelve hundred cherry trees line the streets of this neighborhood. The first cherry trees in this development were planted in the 1920’s, ahead of the new homes that were about to be built. Some of the original trees are now more than 90 years old.
The blooms are expected to peak around April 11-14.
National Cherry Blossom Festival – Center in Bloom
Westfield Montgomery Mall (Bethesda), will celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with “Center in Bloom,” with a host of exhibits, promotions, and signature events all tied to the three-week springtime celebration. Click here for more information.
Food & Drink Specials
Jose Andrés’ Spanish restaurant gets festive with tons of cherry.
Dine on a selection of special dishes, including a grilled lamb T-bone with cherry sauce, or a wild red berry soup with Idiazábal cheese ice cream. Wash it down with the “Spanish Garden” cocktail, made with gin, Green Chartreuse, orange jam, lemon juice, and chrysanthemum syrup.
The American Inn Bethesda is offering a 15% off (with 2-night minimum stay) Special Offer during the Cherry Blossom Festival starting March 27 till April 13.
• Save 15% off each night on minimum 2-night stay
• Complimentary hot breakfast
• Free high-speed Wi-Fi
• Walking distance to Metro