The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is one of the centerpiece events of the two-week National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. The parade is a celebration of spring
that draws an estimated 300,000 people to view the lineup of helium balloons, floats, dancers, singers, marching bands and more.
The annual springtime festival commemorates the 1912 gift of Japanese cherry trees from Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki, who gave the trees to
Washington in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan. The first Cherry Blossom Festival was held in
1935 and since that time the festival has grown into a major celebration with countless events, culminating with the parade and street festival.
The parade will be seen across the country through a nationally syndicated telecast made possible with the support of Events DC.
The parade also airs in the local DC area in a delayed telecast on WUSA 9.
In 2012 the National Cherry Blossom Festival delivered an unprecedented and once-in-a-lifetime celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the gift of trees.
The centennial celebration was filled with creativity and innovation, and the parade was more spectacular than ever.
A trip to Washington, D.C. provides great educational opportunities for marching band students. The 1-mile parade route travels along historic Constitution Avenue,
beginning at 7th Street and ending at 17th Street. Along the way it passes the National Archives, the Department of Justice, Smithsonian Museums, the Washington Monument and the White House.
The parade accepts marching bands consisting of 100 members or more. Bands are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year with an
ultimate deadline of September 15 in the year prior to the parade.
Ballou High School Band, D.C.
Beckman High School Band, California
Dalton High School Band, Georgia
DeRidder High School Band, Louisiana
Hernando High School Band, Mississippi
Jackson Memorial High School Band, New Jersey
Morgantown High School Band, West Virginia
Richwood High School Band, West Virginia
Second Time Arounders Marching Band, St. Petersburg, Florida
Smithfield High School Band, Virginia
St. Peters Drum Corps, Connecticut
Tates Creek High School Band, Kentucky
Thomasville High School Band, Georgia
• Parade viewing is free and open to the public on Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets.
• Grandstand seating is available for $20-$27 at several prime locations along the parade route.
• Ticket information and a group ticket order form is available online at NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org
• Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area offers countless educational opportunities for marching bands to explore while in the region for the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. For ideas of
attractions to include on your itinerary, visit www.washington.org.