Parade, Japanese festival bring music, culture, cherry blossom memories to DC this weekend

Enjoy giant balloons, floats and entertainment during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 14. (Courtesy National Cherry Blossom Festival)

The beauty of D.C.’s famous cherry blossoms may be ephemeral but the celebration continues with a parade and a street festival celebrating Japanese culture.

One of the signature events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place Saturday. There will be balloons, floats, marching bands, celebrities and performers.

The parade, which runs 10 blocks along Constitution Avenue, in Northwest D.C. is free to view from the street, but seated areas require tickets. Tickets are still available. They range from $25 to $40.

Also on Saturday, as well as Sunday, is Sakura Matsuri, presented by the Japan-America Society of D.C. It’s deemed the “largest celebration of Japanese culture in the United States.”

Admission is $15 before the festival dates, and $20 on the day of. The festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. It’s located on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest between 3rd and 7th streets.

Road closures

D.C. police announced the following roads will be posted as emergency no parking and closed to vehicle traffic from Friday at 7 p.m. to Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

  • Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd Street to 7th Street, NW
  • Constitution Avenue from 3rd Street to 7th Street, NW
  • 4th Street from Madison Drive to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • 6th Street from C Street to Constitution Avenue, NW

For timely traffic information, D.C. police said to visit its traffic page on X.

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