ONE OF DC’S LARGEST SPECTATOR EVENTS!
NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM
PRESENTED BY EVENTS DC
One of DC’s largest spectator events, the high-energy National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC is a vibrant springtime tradition set against the backdrop of DC’s most iconic landmarks along Constitution Avenue.
Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival, all made possible by our local news channel 8, WJLA.
Celebrities and other exciting Parade elements confirmed to-date include:
- Honorary Grand Marshal Anthony Anderson, star of ABC’s “black-ish”
- Cece Peniston, dance club diva of 90s hit “Finally”
- Motown star Freda Payne, of hit single “Band of Gold” (1970)
- Rayshun LaMarr, contestant on season 14 of NBC’s The Voice and DC-area native
- Michael Woodard, top five contestant on ABC’s American Idol 2018
- Christina Wells, semifinalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent 2018
- A1 Chops, viral Baltimore drumming duo featured on The Ellen Show
- Washington Redskins Cheerleaders
- Miss America Nia Franklin
- Winners of the 2018 Sing Into Spring Competition: Randae and Sons of Pitch
- Giant colorful balloons including Olivia the Pig, Where’s Waldo, Brainy Smurf, Cheer Bear Care Bear, Voltron, and Domo
GETTING TO THE PARADE
The one-mile length of the Parade route is accessible from multiple Metro stations. Ticketholders should confer their ticket purchase confirmation email that contains explicit instructions on how to walk from Metro to their seats. Spectators who are standing along the free & accessible portions of the route from 9th to 15th Streets should utilize the following Metro stops:
- To stand on the north side of Constitution Avenue – Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green/Yellow lines), Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange/Silver lines) or Metro Center (Blue/Orange/Red/Silver lines)
- To stand on the south side of Constitution Avenue – L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Green/Orange/Silver/Yellow lines) or Smithsonian (Blue/Orange lines)
Spectators should utilize the DC Circulator’s National Mall route for access to all portions of the Parade. The closest stops are located along Madison Drive NW. Rides cost just $1 and buses arrive every 10 minutes. Riders are encouraged to check DCCirculator.com for real-time service updates, as the traditional route may experience some detours due to road closures.
Multiple Capital Bikeshare stations are conveniently located near the Parade route and along the National Mall.
Spectators on the north side of Constitution Avenue can use the station at 10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW or 14th Street & D Street NW/Reagan Building.
Spectators on the south side of Constitution Avenue can use the station at 14th Street & Jefferson Street SW / Washington Monument or 12th Street & Jefferson Street SW / Smithsonian Metro.
For a complete list of stations, visit CapitalBikeshare.com.
WHEELCHAIR AND HEARING-IMPAIRED SEATING REQUESTS
To request wheelchair seating or hearing-impaired seating (requiring an ASL interpreter), contact the National Cherry Blossom Festival ticket manager at email@example.com. Wheelchair and hearing-impaired seating requests are limited to two per patron.