Tens of thousands came out to watch the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, filmed for syndication to a national television audience. Hundreds of youths performed with marching bands and performance groups, and celebrity musicians performed. One of the biggest hits this year? A two-story Miss Piggy balloon.
April 14, 2012 The Azalea Trail Maids from Mobile, Ala., in front, and members of the Youth Tap and Choir gather on the steps of the National Archives and wait for their marching orders at the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post Buy Photo