Although the National Cherry Blossom Festival doesn’t officially start until this weekend, organizers will hold a special fundraising walk, called Stand With Japan, tonight in support of victims and survivors of the recent earthquake and tsunami.
“Our relationship with Japan is at the heart of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Festival is uniquely positioned as a natural conduit to unite the millions of people who want to assist and express their support in a show of unity,” an announcement on the festival’s Web site says.
Supporters will meet at the Sylvan Theater, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW, at 6:30 tonight and walk around the Tidal Basin. Donations will benefit the American Red Cross.
For more information about the blooms and the festival, check out The Post’s full coverage page. There you can download a map and podcast; find a traveler’s guide with event, traffic and transit information (note to drivers: The National Marathon is also Saturday); and share your blossom photos.