Photos: National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

WASHINGTON — After the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade swept through downtown D.C., streets that were closed in light of the celebration began opening shortly after 3 p.m.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is one of D.C.’s largest events, bringing people together from across the nation.

The parade was packed with elaborate floats, dancers, musical performances and marching bands.

Some special guests that graced the festival included helium balloon characters Peppa Pig, the Magic School Bus, Smurfette and Sam I Am.

Celebrity appearances included 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.

Jean Dunbar traveled from Pennsylvania to join in on the festivities. She said she enjoyed the “wonderful” parade and had a great time.

Maureen Denyszyn came with her son Robert to see her daughter perform with All Star Dance.

“We’re so happy to be out here celebrating the Cherry blossom festival,” she said.

Spectators and participants took advantage of the warm weather, as temperatures reached the 80s by the early afternoon.

The cherry trees along the Tidal Basin have reached Stage 5 of their bloom cycle, and crowds of people flocked to see them on March 27, 2021.

The cherry trees along the Tidal Basin have reached Stage 5 of their bloom cycle, and crowds of people flocked to see them on March 27, 2021.

Cherry blossoms around the National Mall have reached Stage 5, according to the National Park Service. (Courtesy NPS)
Cherry blossoms around the National Mall have reached Stage 5, according to the National Park Service. (Courtesy NPS)

The cherry trees along the Tidal Basin have reached Stage 5 of their bloom cycle, and crowds of people flocked to see them on March 27, 2021.

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Cherry blossoms around the National Mall have reached Stage 5, according to the National Park Service. (Courtesy NPS)

WTOP’s Melissa Howell contributed to this report. 

Dan Friedell

Dan Friedell is a digital writer for WTOP. He came to the D.C. area in 2007 to work as digital editor for USATODAY.com, and since then has worked for a number of local and national news organizations.

Jack Pointer

Jack contributes to WTOP.com when he's not working as the afternoon/evening radio writer. In a previous life, he helped edit The Dallas Morning News and Chicago Tribune.


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