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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Washington, D.C.

Saturday, April 4, 2020
10:00 AM

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
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Web: NationalCherry BlossomFestival.org

Email: Contact Us

Phone: 610-431-1121

Fax: 610-431-6511

If you're interested in entering your band in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, please request an application from Todd Marcocci at the contact info above.
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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade IMPORTANT NOTICE (March 13, 2020): The National Cherry Blossom Festival announced today that based on an abundance of caution it will cancel the 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC and Petalpalooza presented by Chase.

"We extend our sincere appreciation to the 14 high school marching bands from all over the country as they prepared for the parade over the past year as well as our Petalpalooza participants, performers and sponsors who were primed to celebrate with us," said Diana Mayhew, President and CEO of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. "Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our staff, guests and all Festival supporters and as such we are following the recommendations of national and global health experts."


The National Cherry Blossom Festival invites marching bands from across the country to join hundreds of performers, volunteers and specialty participants to be showcased in a pageantry of color and entertainment that is the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC.

Each year, the Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC and heralds spring across the country. Annually in March and April, the Festival welcomes over one million people to the nation's capital for 25 days of programming focused on traditional and contemporary arts and culture, community spirit, and the environment.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade culminates the four-week celebration with a two-hour procession along Constitution Avenue that draws an on-site audience of more than 150,000 and is nationally syndicated to an estimated 82% of US television markets (check local listings for dates and times). In Washington, D.C., the parade will be broadcast on ABC7 and NewsChannel 8 beginning at 12 Noon on April 4.

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.

2020 Participating Bands

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
• Albertville High School Band, Albertville, Alabama
• Ballou High School Band, Washington, D.C.
• Calhoun County All Star Band, Alabama
• Central-Carroll High School Band, Carrollton, Georgia
• Enterprise High School Band, Enterprise, Alabama
• Hampton High School Band, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
• Heritage High School Band, Pennsylvania
• Hewitt-Trusville High School Band, Trussville, Alabama
• Lenoir-Ryhne University Band, Hickory, North Carolina
• Mira Costa High School Band, Manhattan Beach, California
• Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School Band, Orangeburg, South Carolina
• Southland College Preparatory High School Band, Richton Park, Illinois
• W. Tresper Clarke High School Band, Westbury, New York
• Woodland Hills Jr/Sr High School Band, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ticket Information

• 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.

Related Events

• 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.

Future Dates

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Saturday, April 10, 2021

For More Information

Web: NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org

Email: Contact Us
Phone: 610-431-1121
Fax: 610-431-6511

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