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No Shortage of Royalty or Blossoms at Festival Parade
Warmth, sun and, best of all, cherry blossoms were in abundance as the 2005 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade coincided with the date of the much-heralded "peak bloom."

Festival Starts With Hopes of Spring
This year, it feels as though winter might never end, with cold, damp weather and mostly bare trees rather than clouds of cherry blossom petals and sunshine.

Park Service Isn't Budging
The chief horticulturist at the National Park Service says the cherry blossoms will bloom next week and peak in early April.

A Cherry Jubilee
In a hillside grove of trees in Northeast Washington, another cherry blossom festival takes place at the National Arboretum.
 Printout Blossom Guide
 Alternative Spots for Blossoms

Warmed by Spectacle
Thousands willed their way to spring, filling Constitutional Avenue with the bright colors and raucous sounds of the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

Festival Events
The National Cherry Blossom Festival, March 27 through April 11, includes many free events.
 Dining: Cherry Pickings
 Drinks: Sake Cocktails

Ambassador-at-Large
Grand champion sumo wrestler Musashimaru -- all 6 feet 4 and 530 pounds of him -- was in Washington to appear at the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Roots of Respect
The Cherry Blossom Festival highlights the cultural bonds between Japan and the United States through the sakura no ki, the cherry tree.
 Picture Perfect Sightseeing?
 Tips for Blossom Photos



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