Cherry blossoms draw thousands to D.C.

Tourists and visitors line up along the edge of the Tidal Basin and under the Cherry Blossoms to watch the sunrise early Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Washington. This weekend wraps up the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in the Nation\'s Capitol. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
D.C.'s beautiful spring tradition

Kathy Stewart | November 15, 2014 2:49 am

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WASHINGTON — After an unbearably long winter, one of the D.C. area’s biggest spring celebrations rolled along Constitution Avenue on Saturday.

“I love the floats and flowers and everything,” says Cynthia Robbins, of Del Ray.

She was at this year’s National Cherry Blossom Parade with her two young daughters and mother.

“I will probably come to every [parade] after this,” says Northwest native Sharlene Williams of her first time visiting the Cherry Blossom Parade.

Fourteen marching bands, including those from Ballou High School and the Marine Corps, performed at the parade. Elsewhere, there were colorful helium balloons and fancy floats.

Corrina Pavetto lives blocks from the parade and attends the parade just about every year.

Says Pavetto: “I was just amazed that there were so many people this year.”

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