March 20 – April 14, 2019

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Performing Arts Opportunities

The National Cherry Blossom Festival has several key events that showcase performing arts of different genres. The Festival welcomes the interest and participation of performers and performance groups to be a part of the celebration at these venues:

Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Stage
The performances presented on the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Stage during the National Cherry Blossom Festival are meant to celebrate the friendship symbolized by the gift of flowering cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington, D.C. and to demonstrate cross-cultural exchange through a dynamic mix of American, Japanese, and other cultural performing arts. Situated in the Festival hub among the cherry trees and with iconic views of the memorials that are in proximity to the Tidal Basin, the Festival strives to incorporate artists that perform family-friendly dances, demonstrations or music that are upbeat and festive – reflective of the celebratory nature of the Festival. Interested in performing on the ANA Stage this spring? Click here to apply.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®
One of the largest annual spectator events in Washington, the Parade takes place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Downtown DC along historic Constitution Avenue. People line the street for blocks to watch the two-hour, televised procession of original floats, giant character helium balloons, and other fun Parade fanfare. Marching bands, specialty units, youth choir members, and tap dancers are sought to add to the energy-filled spectacle. Click the pink links below to download the applications for the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®.

The Festival welcomes applications from high school, university, and specialty marching bands with 100+ members, as they are an integral part of the Parade mix. Their pageantry, musical selection, colors, marching style, and auxiliary contributions help create a stunning presentation.

2019 Marching Band Application period is now closed. 

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® will be held on the following future dates:

  • 2020 – Saturday, April 4 (click here for 2020 Marching Band Application)
  • 2021 – Saturday, April 10 (click here for 2021 Marching Band Application)

Marching bands that are interested in receiving a copy of the Parade application(s) when they are available should contact Under the Sun Productions at Awalp6@aol.com; please include what year you are interested in, in the email subject line.

Specialty Units

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is seeking unique specialty units to accompany our celebrity talent, floats, giant helium balloons, and marching bands from across the country. Examples of specialty units include:  Equestrian, dance, cultural, historical, musical and other groups which can further the entertainment value of the Parade. Click here for the application.


Youth choirs are invited to perform with hundreds of vocalists on the steps of the National Archives for the youth choir production and perform again as part of the parade finale production for television.

Click here for the 2019 Youth Choir Application

Calling all dancers! This is the chance to perform with hundreds of dancers in front of the National Archives for television, walk down Constitution Avenue dancing and waving to the crowd, and perform again near the White House.

Click here for the 2019 Dance Application




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