Petalpalooza drenches DC’s Wharf in pink


From shirts, to signs, to decorations, the color pink was prominent along the Wharf as D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Party moves to the Southwest Waterfront on Saturday.

It’s called Petalpalooza, and it’s part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Visitors listened to music coming from multiple stages set up along the pier. The many shops and restaurants also got into the spirit, offering cherry blossom themed cocktails and foods, including one vendor selling cookies in the shape of cherry blossoms.

The "mayor" of the Wharf made an appearance donning a pink suit. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
The “mayor” of the Wharf made an appearance at the Petalpalooza donning a pink suit. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

In the Petalpalooza spirit, attendees took picture with a pink-petaled backdrop. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
In the Petalpalooza spirit, attendees took picture with a pink-petaled backdrop. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

There was even a designated skating area. With temperatures in the upper 60s, it was perfect weather for it. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
There was even a designated skating area. With temperatures in the upper 60s, it was perfect weather for it. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

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The "mayor" of the Wharf made an appearance donning a pink suit. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
In the Petalpalooza spirit, attendees took picture with a pink-petaled backdrop. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
There was even a designated skating area. With temperatures in the upper 60s, it was perfect weather for it. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

Attendees were able to channel their inner artist by bringing a blank canvas to life with color. Those wanting to feel the wind on their hair could skate along a backdrop of pink cherry blossoms. Other events included a fire pit where marshmallows could be cooked up to make the perfect s’more.

The daylong family and pet-friendly event was capped off with fireworkds.

Mike Murillo

Mike Murillo is a reporter and anchor at WTOP. Before joining WTOP in 2013, he worked in radio in Orlando, New York City and Philadelphia.

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