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                                                      CONTACT:               Danielle Piacente
                                                                             Communications Manager
                                                                             National Cherry Blossom Festival
                                                                             202-638-8374                                            3+ weeks of events!
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                                 SPRING STARTS IN WASHINGTON, DC!

 The FREE Festival App is the perfect way to plan in advance and real-time. Available for iPhone and Android.
 DC has many options for traveling throughout the city. Take Metro to Festival events, use Capital Bikeshare’s 180+
  stations, and visit for an interactive map with all the modes of transportation available.
 Find info and merchandise at Festival Headquarters at Union Station and the Tidal Basin Welcome Center with the
  Festival and National Park Service. Visitor services are supported by PenFed.
 SHARE photos on Instagram (#CherryBlossPics); ASK questions on Facebook; TWEET experiences (@CherryBlossFest).

 The Opening Ceremony on March 23 at the Warner Theatre boasts incredible acts from both the U.S. and Japan.
  Taking the stage is American pop star Andy Grammer and many more. Free advanced online registration required at
 The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® features celebrities including Grammy Award-winning artist Mýa and
  Elliot Yamin from American Idol. Giant helium balloons, colorful floats, marching bands, and many more exciting
  performers step off historic Constitution Avenue, NW on April 13 from 10am-noon. A delayed telecast of the Parade airs
  on WUSA 9 locally from noon-2:00pm. The annual Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival follows, produced by
  The Japan-America Society, featuring all things Japan in the largest street festival of its kind. Parade grandstand seats:
  $20,, standing along the route is free; Sakura Matsuri, $5.

 The City In Bloom presented by Capital One Bank energizes and unites the region. See blossom projections and pink
   lighting on iconic buildings, blossom decals and vibrant banners throughout the area. Find out how to join!
 Spring into savings with the Petal Pass, available only at 225 Capital One Bank branches. The Pass unlocks savings
   and offers at local attractions, retailers, fitness centers, restaurants, and more.

 The signature Pink Tie Party fundraiser hosted by renowned chef Lorena Garcia and presented by Sucampo
   Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and ESCADA Cherry in the Air, has Festival-inspired dishes and cocktails from 30 of the area’s
   top chefs and restaurants. for tickets, $200/per person.
 Indulge in sweet and savory menu items at over 90 restaurants celebrating the Festival through Cherry Picks. The
   program with Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington is presented by PenFed Premium Travel Rewards
   AmericanExpress® Card, the official credit card of the 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival.
 Taste of Japan brings sushi and Japanese delicacies, along with sake and craft beer brewers from Japan, to the
   Carnegie Library on April 4. for tickets, $100/per person; extra hour - $150/per person

 Kids take charge during Family Days on Saturday, March 23 (10:00am-4:00pm) and Sunday, March 24 (11:00am-
   4:00pm) presented with the National Building Museum and sponsored by Safeway. From hands-on activities,
   performances, and special character appearances, the family-fun is tremendous.
 This year’s Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival on Saturday, April 6 has 8+ hours of live music on 3 stages,
   hands-on activities, the Very Cherry Marketplace, food trucks, vendors, and a beer garden for adults, all before the
   fireworks light up the night at 8:30pm. The event is presented by Safeway and The Washington Examiner.

 There are 9 affiliate tours and multiple ways to view the blossoms by land, foot, sea, and bike. DC The Blossoms! Tour,
   an official bus tour of the Festival, provides a 3-hour entertaining ride with stops for photos.
 Did you know? Nearly 100 of the original trees are still alive and well at the Tidal Basin, thanks to the excellent care of
   the National Park Service. See the lineup of their diverse tours and activities at
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration. The 2013 Festival, March 20 - April 14, includes three
spectacular weeks and four weekends of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture,
natural beauty, and community spirit. The 2013 Festival commemorates the 101st anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring
friendship between the United States and Japan.
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