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The 2017 National Cherry Blossom Parade in Photos

The very hungry caterpillar at the National Cherry Blossom Parade.

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The 2017 National Cherry Blossom Parade in Photos

The National Cherry Blossom Parade is part of the larger Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.. The parade runs down Constitution Avenue by many of D.C.’s famous attractions, The National Gallery of Art, The Sculpture Garden, The National Archives, and more. The following are photos from the 2017 parade. 

The National Cherry Blossom Parade was this past Saturday. The weather was perfect and the crowds were minimal. I’d secured media credentials for myself (read that as: a front row view to the parade) but I was late (read that as: my toddler wouldn’t let me leave the house) and was essentially too late to grab my guaranteed front row access. But, the tent was next to the staging area for the parade which was actually better than the parade itself.

The staging area was filled with miniature ponies, full sized ponies, beauty queens, Miss USA, giant balloons and dancers. If you wanted a selfie with any of the parade people, this was the place to be. I figured I was missing out on the real action so I forced my self to leave and get a view of the parade itself. It really wasn’t that crowded but I was standing behind some very tall people and could see diddly squat. I was planning on toughing it out for the grand finale but when someone behind me told their group that he wanted to leave, he couldn’t face anymore letdowns my eyes wandered  to the nearby National Gallery of Art.

I spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying my favorite art museum but with some key takeaways about the parade. If you’re too late to get a good spot you should just go hang out in the staging area. Or consider buying tickets to the grandstand seating ahead of time. I don’t mind bailing on a parade but a kid might feel differently.

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

A marching band before the parade.

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

Ponies and their handlers.

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

The staging area before the parade allowed visitors to see the balloons up close.

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

These dancers were mesmerizing to watch!

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

A marching band takes in the sights before the parade.

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

The unsung héros of the city.

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

peek-a-boo capitol, I see you!

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

Mr Potato Head takes Washington!

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

It’s Miss USA! She was taking pictures with people in the staging area before the parade.

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

A marching band.

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

The iconic blossoms, the reason for the celebrations.

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

I think these ladies are beauty queens.

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

The beautiful people on their floats.

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

The fountain in the NGA Sculpture garden is back on!

Scenes from the National Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C. in 2017. dodcwithkids.com

It’s the very hungry caterpillar!

Tips

  • arrive early
  • take public transportation (parking and driving would be a nightmare)
  • consider buying grandstand seating tickets, they start at $20 and provide a seat with a great view
  • check out the staging area before hand, you’ll get a chance to see performers and floats up close and can even get pictures with them.

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