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Cherry Blossom Mania!

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Every spring, usually from late March to early April, Washington is blanketed in a sea of pink and white blossoms that herald the arrival of springtime and the start of prime sightseeing season. The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the gift of the more than 3,000 predominantly Yoshino and Akebono cherry blossom trees in 1912 from the mayor of Tokyo, Japan as a gift of friendship to the citizens of Washington, D.C. For over a century, the city's biggest festival continues to honor that gift with special events and activities including walks along the Tidal Basin to get those iconic shots of the Jefferson Memorial through the trees, the Blossom Kite Festival, fireworks, the Cherry Blossom Parade on Constitution Avenue, and the Sakura Matsuri Street Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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