The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is one of Washington, DC’s largest public events of the year, drawing about 100,000 spectators from around the world. The parade combines wonderful entertainment for the whole family including decorated floats, gigantic colorful helium balloons, marching bands, clowns, horses, antique cars, military and celebrity performances, the National Cherry Blossom Festival® All-Star Youth Tap Dance Team and Choir, and various cultural performing groups. Norah O’Donnell, co-anchor of CBS This Morning, joins WUSA 9 News anchors Andrea Roane and Mike Hydeck as parade hosts this year. WUSA 9 will air the parade locally in a delayed telecast from noon to 2:00 p.m.
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Date and Time
April 12, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The parade is held rain or shine. Arrive around 9:00 a.m. to stake out a spot along the parade route. Following the parade is the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don't miss the biggest Japanese street party in the nation.
2014 Entertainment Highlights
- American Idol Season 12 winner Candice Glover
- Multiple Grammy award-winning artist Sheena Easton
- R&B and Gospel Grammy award-winning artist Regina Belle
- Pop sensation and hip hop singer Aaron Carter
- Grand Marshal Darrell Green, former cornerback from the Washington Redskins and Pro Football Hall of Fame member
- Branden James, a classical crossover singer known from season 8 of America’s Got Talent
- Chart topping artist Jay Sean
- Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri
American Idol’s Justin Guarini
For the first time, the Parade features five winners from the Festival’s local talent competition: The GW Vibes, a co-ed a cappella from George Washington University, Reverb, an award-winning a cappella group, R&B/Pop artist Ashley from Mount Rainier, MD, Alan Gendreau, an energetic soloist, and 8-year-old Kelvin Dukes, the featured performer for the Youth Choir.
Along Constitution Avenue, NW beginning at 7th Street and ending at 17th Street. The parade passes many Washington, DC attractions - National Archives, the Department of Justice, Smithsonian Museums, the Washington Monument and the White House. See a map of the parade route
Transportation and ParkingThis is one of the biggest events of the year and parking is extremely limited. The best way to get to the parade is by Metro. The closest Metro stations are Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle and Smithsonian. For more information about getting to the festival, see Cherry Blossom Festival Transportation Guide
Seating and TicketsThe parade is free and open to the public. For $20 you may purchase a reserved grandstand seat.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual two-week, city-wide event featuring more than 200 international cultural performances and over 90 other special events. See the schedule of the National Cherry Blossom events