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April 5, 2022 – National Cherry Blossom Festival Selects Winners of Its ‘Petal Porches’ Competition, Presented by Amazon, Across DC, Maryland, and Virginia

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Selects Winners of Its ‘Petal Porches’ Competition, Presented by Amazon, Across DC, Maryland, and Virginia

 

Washington, D.C. [April 5, 2022] – The National Cherry Blossom Festival today announced the winners of its Petal Porches competition, presented by Amazon, for the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Petal Porches brought spring and community sprit to doorsteps in neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. and surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia as porches, yards, windows, and balconies came alive through springtime décor.

“While people come from across the world to experience the blooms, it’s our local community that makes the celebration so special,” said Diana Mayhew, president and CEO, National Cherry Blossom Festival. “Petal Porches has been a memorable way for our neighbors from all eight wards of the city, to Arlington and beyond, to get involved with the Festival and celebrate spring beyond the Tidal Basin.”

The 1300 block of A Street NE in Capitol Hill won “Best Blossom Block” for Petal Porches.

“Prime Petal Porches” winners were selected by IGDC (Instagram Community of Washington, DC) team members Laurie Collins (@dccitygirl), Holly Garner (@golightly),and Austin Graff(@austinkgraff). They judged the finalists and selected winners based on criteria provided by the Festival. Winners will receive a prize ribbon and a custom watercolor rendering of their Petal Porches submission photo.

D.C.:

  • Ward 1 – “Cherry Blossom Embassy – Let Peace Bloom”
  • Ward 2 – “Minion in Pink”
  • Ward 3 – “Pretty in Pink”
  • Ward 4 – “Pink Petal Porch Party”
  • Ward 5 – “We Flamingos Love Cherry Blossom Festival!”
  • Ward 6 – “House of 1,000 Cranes”
  • Ward 7 – “32nd Sweet Southeast”
  • Ward 8 – “PinkPalace SomeBunny Guarding the Cherry Blossoms Red Carpet Entrance”

Virginia:

  • Herndon – “Cherry Blossom at the Historic Herndon Halloween House”
  • Arlington – “Pinktastic!”
  • Alexandria – “Cherry Pink”

Maryland:

  • Kensington – “Bloom Where You Are Planted- Cheery, Cherry Pink Passion for Kensington”
  • Seat Pleasant – “Kon’nichiwa Sakura”
  • Silver Spring – “Lanterns and Garlands”

The People’s Petal Porch winner – “Pink Petal Porch Party” in Ward 4 – was decided using a bracket-style poll on the Festival’s Instagram (@cherryblossfest). The winner of “Blossom Beltway Bragging Rights” – a head-to-head competition between the Maryland and Virginia finalists – was Silver Spring, Maryland’s “Lanterns and Garlands.” Winners will receive Amazon Fire 10 HD Tablets.

On Sunday, April 3, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET, the Festival hosted a surprise pop-up celebration on the 1300 block of A Street NE to honor the “Best Blossom Block” winner. Residents enjoyed music by Future Band DC and JoGo Project provided by DC Porchfest; ice cream treats provided by Captain Cookie; cheesecake provided by Hiatus; chalk art provided by Positive Chalk DC; entertainment by roving magician Mr. D; and a special appearance by D.C. United Mascot Talon.

A digital map with the locations of all registered Petal Porches homes is available here, so the community can plan a walk or drive around the neighborhoods to see and share in the celebration of spring.

For more information about the 2022 Festival, visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org/RediscoverSpring and follow the Festival’s social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

For the health and safety of all participants, the Festival encourages attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in alignment with CDC recommendations.

Please review event details on the Festival website to determine whether masking or proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend. Please note that safety requirements may change, so attendees are encouraged to sign up for Festival emails to receive the latest updates.

ABOUT NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL  

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the world’s great celebrations of spring. Hosted from March 20 – April 17, the 2022 Festival will include four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming that promotes traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.  

Visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information, and check out Facebook (@CherryBlossomFestival), Instagram (@CherryBlossFest), Twitter (@CherryBlossFest), and YouTube (@NationalCherryBlossomFestivalDC). The Festival is supported by Leadership Circle Sponsors Events DC and Amazon.

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