Pets

PETS AND THE FESTIVAL

Dogs at the National Cherry Blossom Parade

The Festival is pet ready

IS YOUR PET FESTIVAL READY?

For the fourth year in a row, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has teamed up with Mars Petcare and the Better Cities For Pets™ program to ensure your pets are healthy, happy, and safe. As part of the partnership with Mars Petcare, the Festival provides fun and safe opportunities for your pet to be a part of it all!

Amenities for all furry friends and their owners include select event participation, exclusive giveaways, and other helpful resources for pet parents in the city! Our goal is to create a positive experience for all four-legged attendees throughout the Festival.

Paws on the Go

Paws & Petals Upcoming Events

April 14, 2022, 6 – 9 PM
1280 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Paws & Petals Yappy Hour at La Cosecha will bring together pet owners and their four-legged friends for an evening of music, food from various Union Market and La Cosecha vendors, and fun. Located at Neal Place @ La Cosheca and open to EDENS property residents, the Yappy Hour will have drinks for purchase at Spritz, the outdoor trailer bar whose menu is comprised of Latin-inspired Sparkling Cocktails, Sparkling Wines by the glass and bottle, plus Local Ciders and Beers, and a DJ to create an inviting and fun evening event for all pet-owners.

April 14, 2022, 5 – 8 PM
640 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Paws & Petals Yappy Hour at metrobar will bring together local residents and their four-legged friends for an evening of music, food, and pet-friendly activities. The Yappy Hour will have drinks and food for purchase and a pet-friendly art activity to create an inviting and fun evening event for all pet-owners.

April 14, 2022, 5 – 8 PM
50 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Paws & Petals Yappy Hour at Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol – Navy Yard will bring together Capitol Riverfront residents and their four-legged friends for an evening of drinks and relaxation on the rooftop terrace. The Yappy Hour will have both complimentary offerings and drinks for purchase.

City Cruises

April 2, 2022, 10 – 11AM

All paws on deck! Join us for a dog-friendly sightseeing cruise around Alexandria and National Harbor this cherry blossom season.

  • The best views of the cherry blossoms from the water
  • Fur-friendly accommodations for you and your four-legged friend
  • Dogs ride free

Board: 9:45 am | Cruise: 10:00 am – 10:45am

Departure Location: Alexandria City Marina:105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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FESTIVAL TIPS

GETTING YOUR PET FESTIVAL READY

We want everyone to feel comfortable bringing their pets to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Below are a few things to keep in mind before you enjoy the blossoms with your furry friend.

Pet Comfort Stations

This spring, Mars Petcare is working with the Festival to ensure a pet-friendly celebration. Pet comfort stations will be available at the Tidal Basin, Blossom Kite Festival, Petalpalooza, and Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington, DC Capitol-Navy Yard on April 16. Please come prepared with anything specific your pet may need outside of your home.

Keep your furry friend leashed

To protect your pet, it’s important to keep your them on a leash to ensure they are secure in the crowd and other attendees don’t get any unwanted attention. Both dogs and cats should be leashed when attending the festival.

Keep it clean

Please be a responsible pet owner and pick up after your pet.

Weather 101

Keep in mind for any impending inclement weather and plan accordingly for your pet.

Be your pet’s best advocate

Know your pet, including what they like and do not like, so you can know if the festival environment will be appropriate for them. If you have a nervous pup/kitten, or if your pet doesn’t like being around large groups of people, keep that in mind as the Festival draws thousands of people per day.

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