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In spring of 2023, the Festival invited Washington, DC, and surrounding area residents to celebrate their cherry blossom and springtime spirit by decorating their porches, yards, and windows in all things pink and blossoms! The program offered a friendly competition with online voting and prizes for the winners, including a neighborhood pop-up party for the Best Blossom Block on March 26, 2023.
2023 Petal Porches registration has concluded. Click here to add 2024 registration to your calendar!
Vote Now in the 2023 People's Petal Porch Competition
Voting has begun for the People’s Petal Porch competition (April 10- April 14) — DC Wards are going head to head this week on the Festival’s Instagram Stories to compete in a March Madness-style showdown. Who will win? Vote to help choose!
Head to our Instagram Stories, or click on the Petal Porches Highlight on our Instagram page to vote. Each round of voting ends when the stories expire after 24 hours between 4 and 5 PM Eastern daily, and the next round will go up as soon as voting concludes.
See the pink arrow below to find the Highlight on our Instagram page!
2023 People's Petal Porch Winners
DC - Ward 6
House of 1,000 Cranes: Somewhere Over the Crainbow
Sakura Tea Bliss
Va Va Bloom
2023 Prime Petal Porch Winners
La Vie En Rose
Cherries & Chocolate
The Pennymores’ Pink Petal Palace
Pusheen Porch/ Fat Cats and Flowers
We Flamingos Love The Cherry Blossom Festival
Somewhere Over the Cranebow
Wonderland in Bloom
Blossoms in Miami
Sakura Tea Bliss
Cherrydale’s Burst of Joy
2023 Petal Porches Best Blossom Block
10th Street NE for DC Statehood
2023 Petal Porch Map
Festival attendees are encouraged to peruse Petal Porch locations using the map below and tag the Festival in photos on social media with #PetalPorches.
Step 2: Decorate
Don’t have a porch? No problem! Feel free to decorate your yard, sidewalk, window, or something else visible from the street or sidewalk. Petal Porches should be decorated during the dates of the Festival: Monday, March 20 through Sunday, April 16, 2023.
Tips for decorating:
- Bring spring to your neighborhood by decorating in the theme of cherry blossoms, pink, springtime, or create your own theme! Please decorate for a family-friendly audience.
- Shop the Petal Porches Amazon Wishlist.
- Need more inspiration? Check out these how-to videos from local artists for ideas on how to make homemade decorations for your porch, yard, and window.
Step 3: Compete
To add to the excitement, Petal Porches is hosting a neighborly competition with three categories for the chance to win special cherry blossom prizes. To sign up, select “yes” when registering your Petal Porch. You will be contacted by a blossom team member to submit a photo and porch theme by March 22, 2023. All winners will be announced on April 14, 2023. Follow the Festival on social media and subscribe to the newsletter for the latest updates.
The competition categories are:
- Best Blossom Block: Awarded to the best-decorated block of porches. Festival staff will judge based on a block’s participation and overall theme. The winner will receive a neighborhood party on March 26, 2023.
- Prime Petal Porches: Awarded to the best-decorated porch in each DC Ward. Maryland and Virginia will also have one winner per state. Festival staff will select the top three porches per DC Ward, Maryland, and Virginia. Guest judges will tour and select winners. The winner will receive a custom watercolor rendering of their Petal Porches submission photo to remember their winning design for years to come!
- The People’s Petal Porch: Awarded to the most popular porch. The eight DC Ward porches, chosen from Prime Petal Porches, will compete for the most votes in a competition style bracket on the Festival Instagram account. Virginia and Maryland will also go head-to-head in a daily bonus round. The winners from each area will receive a special prize!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2022 WINNERS
Best Blossom Block: 1300 Block of A St. NE Washington, DC
Prime Petal Porches
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
Kensington: Bloom Where You Are Planted- Cheery, Cherry Pink Passion for Kensington
Seat Pleasant: Kon’nichiwa Sakura
Silverspring: Lanterns and garlands
Herndon: Cherry Blossom at the Historic Herndon Halloween House
Alexandria: Cherry pink
People's Petal Porch Winners
DC: Ward 4 – Pink Petal Porch Party
MD: Silver Spring – Lanterns and Garlands
Swipe to check out the photos below from previous Petal Porches!
Rules & Regulations
- Displays must be fully decorated during the dates of the Festival: Monday, March 20 through Sunday, April 16.
- Displays must be appropriate for a family audience.
- Displays should not focus on religious, political, ideological, or controversial themes or issues. Use of any political sign, social, or political material is not permitted.
- Petal Porch participants are asked to refrain from portraying any commercial marketing in their displays. Businesses interested in embracing the spring spirit through creative exteriors are encouraged to sign up for the Festival’s City in Bloom program.
- National Cherry Blossom Festival reserves the right to exclude any displays that do not meet our guidelines or that feature content not aligned with our mission.
- Registrations are limited to one per household, per location.
- Registration for the Petal Porches and/or tagging the @cherryblossfest, #PetalPorches, and #RediscoverSpring related photos or videos on social media grants the National Cherry Blossom Festival permission to use your images and footage on any platform.
Want to register and decorate your home as part of Petal Porches?