Catch the Cherry Blossom parade and street festival


Visitors walk under budding cherry blossom trees along the Tidal Basin in Washington on March 29. Chilly weather this spring delayed the blossoms from appearing. Peak bloom is expected Sunday through Wednesday. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
April 5, 2013

Washington weather is unpredictable, but warmer days eventually lead to cherry blossoms. If you and your family are considering a trip to the Tidal Basin to see the famous Japanese trees, now’s the time. The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang is predicting that this weekend through Wednesday provides the best chance to see the blooms in all their glory.

You’ll also want to check out two of the biggest cherry blossom events — the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and the Sakura Matsuri Japanese street festival — which happen next Saturday.

So get outside and cross your fingers that any April showers won’t include the snowy variety.

What: Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and Sakura Matsuri street festival.

Where: Parade travels along Constitution Avenue NW between Seventh and 17th streets; the festival is located along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Ninth and 14th streets.

When: Saturday. Parade, 10 a.m. to noon; festival, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

How much: Parade grandstand tickets $20; parade route, free. Festival tickets: adults $5, age 12 and younger free.

For more information: Have your parents visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

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