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Mark Your Calendars for 2014's Cherry Blossom Festival

February 19, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | ()

Despite the look of things outdoors we really are going to see the sun sooner than later, as spring is just about 30 days away. That means it is time to start planning for all things warm weather, and that includes looking forward to some seasonal festivals. Weíre not saying that the National Cherry Blossom Festival is the best way to welcome the spring, but the festival certainly isnít a bad idea.

Itís still a little too soon for the National Park Service to forecast their prediction for when things will begin to bloom, but we do know that this yearís festival will do its thing between March 20 and April 13. Obviously the blooms in and around the nationís capital and along the Potomac will be the stars of the show, but there are also plenty of other events worth checking out.

Thereís an environmental film festival, kite festivals, flower shows, sake tastings, and of course some fireworks. As things start to wind down the official parade steps off on April 12, as vibrant costumes, elaborate floats, and giant balloons do their thing down Constitution Avenue. The parade is open to one and all with no admission; however, if youíre looking for a better view up in the grandstand there are ticketing options starting at $20.

For now weíll encourage you to start thinking about checking things out, and we shall keep our eyes on the status of the peak bloom prediction. You can do the same right over here, and you can even do your best to make a guess. The average peak bloom date from 1992 through 2013 is March 31, but last year things didnít come out of hiding from the winter until around April 9.

[Photo: sdixclifford]

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