The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®


One of DC’s largest spectator events is back in 2022! The energy-filled Parade runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue Northwest. Grand colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival!

Portions of the parade are free to the public to view along the route and are first-come, first-serve. Tickets are available for reserved grandstand seating in the performance areas of the Parade. Purchase your tickets today — they make an unforgettable gift for loved ones!

Curious as to what’s in store? Take a peek at our parade preview for 2022 and the 2019 Parade videos below. Be sure to sign up for our emails to receive updates as more details for 2022 become available.

Health and Safety

In order to ensure the Parade is a fun and safe experience for all attendees, the National Cherry Blossom Festival adheres to local and federal health requirements. Please note that this information is subject to change as the Festival continues to monitor health and safety guidelines.

Please note that no proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for standing-room only portions of the parade or for West End grandstand seating but these sections will adhere to the most recent (as of the day of the Parade) National Park Service rules, regulations and recommendations. Currently masking is required for all attendees over age 2 for the West End where social distancing is not possible. Masking is strongly recommended for the standing-room-only free portions of the Parade where social distancing is not possible.

Ticket holders in the Telecast section (East End) of the Parade located in front of the National Archives will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access the event, and masking is required. There are no religious or medical exemptions.


We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation's leading parking reservations app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. ​


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.