The festival opened Saturday and runs for four weeks. It is a rite of spring in DC — cherry blossoms and tourists.
“Since we were here, we wanted to come and check in and see how the cherry blossoms were doing,” said Scott Lamond from Gainesville, Florida. “It’s a little sad today.”
Though the blossoms were not at their peak this weekend, Mara Veleila from Brazil was impressed with the monuments and other sites throughout D.C. She remained hopeful for a better view of the cherry blossoms next weekend.
“There have been inquiries from all over the world of people concerned about this blossom and spring in Washington,” Mayhew said.
Interest in the festival may be up this year, Mayhew said, based on demand for grand stand seats for the parade and traffic on the festival’s website. The site’s traffic is up 20 percent compared with the same time last year, she said.
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