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D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival 2013 kicks off, few blooms so far Special

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 27, 2013 in Travel
Washington - The blossoms have yet to open, but the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. has begun. The popular springtime event began on March 20 and will run through April 14.
Originally, the National Parks Service (NPS) predicted a March 20 - 25 peak bloom, however, due to cold weather, the estimated peak time was pushed back to April 3 - 6.
The peak bloom dates are defined as 70 percent of the thousands of cherry blossom trees are opened. The peak changes from year to year.
Digital Journal visited the festival last year and observed the blossoms that were still remaining after its early peak; most of the 2012 festival was green. This year however, the peak should fall during the festivities. When this does occur, the view is spectacular.
Yesterday, Digital Journal observed a few blossoms opening on the National Mall and headed down to the festival area. None of the buds down by the Tidal Basin were open just yet, but there were still some people walking around and enjoying the views.
While each year millions of people plan to attend the two-week festival, the festival itself was a bit quiet on Tuesday. However, it was a chilly afternoon as the clouds rolled in and without blossoms to look at, it may be people on spring break or in town for the festival were finding other things to do.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a tribute to the commemoration of 3,000 cherry trees gifted to the US from Japan's Mayor Yukio Ozaki in 1912. This exquisite gift was offered just after the turn of the 20th century and was given as a way to honor the ongoing friendship between the U.S. and Japan. Today, the annual event serves as a memento and to celebrate the continued alliance and closeness between the two nations.
This year children in Japan and the U.S. are exchanging messages and pictures to one another. Several drawings made by Japanese children were sent to Washington and children in the U.S. were drawing pictures to send to Japan.
This weekend, just prior to the anticipated peak, the weather is supposed to feel truly like spring and it's probable the usual crowds will arrive to enjoy the festival. For full details and daily events, the National Cherry Blossom Festival website has all you need to know.
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