The cast of large helium balloon characters featured in this year’s parade includes first-time visitors to the District Peppa Pig, the Magic School Bus, Smurfette and Sam I Am. Celebrity appearances include Grand Marshal Carla Hall of ABC’s The Chew, contestants from The Voice Billy Gilman and Sarah Potenza, country singer Ty Herndon and the Extreme pogo stunt team.
Saturday’s parade is on Constitution Avenue in Northwest between 7th and 17th streets in Northwest between 10 a.m. and noon.
Standing along the parade route between 9th Street and 15th street is free and open to the public. Grandstand seating, which will be between $20 and $30, could be purchased up until April 13.
National Cherry Blossom Festival activities after the parade include the Japan-America Society’s Sakura Matsuri Festival and events at the Tidal Basin Welcome Center stage from noon until 6 p.m. The festival runs through Sunday, April 15.