WASHINGTON - There’s good news for those of you who plan to go to the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and the Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival. The events will happen Saturday, even if there is a federal shutdown.
Metropolitan Police officers will help out with the logistics. “If there is a government shutdown, the parade route will be altered slightly,” says Festival President Diana Mayhew. (via WTOP.com)
Cherry blossoms around the tidal basin in the early half of the 20th century. Photo by Harris & Ewing, Library of Congress. This year’s peak blooming period is March 29 - April 3. (We kick off this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival this Saturday—more info here!)
The first group of trees arrived in Washington early in 1910. They were inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and found to be infested with “several kinds of pests, big bugs, little bugs, and fungi, some of them unknown to this country and therefore extremely dangerous.”
The trees had to be burned, and, to avoid a diplomatic incident, regrets were sent to the Japanese people.