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Cherry blossom season

Scenes from 2010's Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual rite of spring in Washington.

 
 

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April 4, 2010

Sen. James Webb's daughter Georgia LeAnh Webb plays with a toy made of eggs while the cherry blossom queens and princesses pose for pictures at the Japanese Lantern Lighting Ceremony at the Tidal Basin.


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Article | It is noon on the Tidal Basin -- cherry blossom central. The walkway is jammed. There are people, strollers, bicycles, ducks. Children cry. Cellphones ring. A helicopter thunders overhead. A vendor hawks "ice-cold water!" And landscape artist Michela Mansuino is preparing to paint.
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The uprooting that caused an uprising
Article | Franklin D. Roosevelt was mad. This whole problem with the cherry blossoms was nothing but a "flimflam" cooked up by the newspapers to boost advertising, the president told the White House reporters. "Six hundred trees" doomed, he mocked, reading from some headlines. "Public aroused," he quoted, ...
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All set to bring on the cherry blossoms and wow the tourists
Article | The snow is long gone. So is the high water that followed. And with the cherry blossoms about to open, Washington is poised for Saturday's start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, marking the 98th anniversary of the arrival of the trees from Japan .

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