EVENT: Parade & Sakura Matsuri Fest

By: Paulina Lam

This Saturday, April 14 will be a day full of festivities. The 2012 National Cherry Blossom Parade will be from 10 A.M. – 12:30 P.M., held rain or shine. Giant balloons, elaborate floats, performers, and celebrities will march down Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Street, NW, (Map) in this springtime parade.

This year’s Cherry Blossom Parade will be nationally televised for the first time, with ABC’s Katie Couric as host and Alex Trebek of Jeopardy as a special correspondent. The parade will also be co-hosted by ABC7’s Alison Starling and Leon Harris. You can watch the parade on ABC7/WJLA-TV and NewsChannel8 live, to avoid heavy crowd traffic and enjoy the show from your comfy couch.

Of course, standing on the parade route is FREE and open to the public.

METRO: Metro accessible by Navy Memorial (Yellow/Green lines) or Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange lines)

Photo Courtesy of nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Also, coming up right after the Parade is the Sakura Matsuri Street Festival.

Get ready for the largest Japanese cultural festival in the United States. The Sakura Matsuri Festival will be held this weekend on Saturday, April 14 from 11 A.M. – 6 P.M. The one-day festival will be located at 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Map). Come out and eat Japanese food, hear live traditional and J-Pop performances, see martial arts demonstrations, buy souvenirs, and much more.

Because of an overwhelming number of attendees in the past, there will be a $5 entrance fee for everyone 13 years of age and up to ensure safety in this year’s gated event. To avoid lines, you may purchase entrance tickets in advance at www.sakuramatsuri.org.

METRO: Metro accessible by Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange lines); Metro Center (Blue/Orange/Red lines)

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