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Cherry Blossom Festival – March 28 – April 11, 2009 – Washington, D.C.
Peak Bloom Period prediction has been revised: April 1 – 4, 2009, with the entire blooming period predicted for March 28 – April 11. Click here for more information.
Cherry Blossom View of the Jefferson Memorial
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Jefferson Memorial Cherry Blossoms
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NCBF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Phone: (202) 661-7596
Fax: (202) 661-7599
1250 H Street, NW Suite 850
Washington, DC 20005
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 26, 2009; 3:30 PM
Despite the gloomy economic outlook, officials said this morning that the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival might not be badly affected by the recession.
At the National Park Service’s festival preview news conference, the festival’s president, Diana Mayhew, said the economic situation might even be a boost to the 16-day event, which starts Saturday and runs through April 12.
“I think the economic situation is probably going to enhance the attendance,” she said. “Our Web site hits are up about 30 percent. . . . We’re almost sold out for the parade.” The bleacher seats for the April 4 parade are $17 apiece. There are between 8,500 and 9,000 such seats.
She said the festival also is still seeing strong interest from tour groups. “I don’t think anything keeps people away from the cherry blossoms, and the Cherry Blossom Festival,” she said. “It is such an uplifting event. It’s spring. People are looking for a reason to be outside.”