Friday, April 07, 2006

Cherry Blossom Parade Tomorrow

From Penn Quarter's Jo-Ann Neuhaus about tomorrow's Cherry Blossom Festivals.....

The Cherry Blossom Parade
and 45th Annual Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival
This Saturday, April 8

The Cherry Blossom Parade
10:00am - Noon
Constitution Avenue beginning at 7th Street, going west to 17th Street

The DC website has a start time of 8:00am for closing streets. Expect traffic tie ups, especially if you want to enter downtown via the 14th Street bridge or Independence Avenue. The Metropolitan Police Department will reopen the streets to traffic when they believe it is safe to do so, which may be after the noon hour indicated.

The Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival
12th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues
and Pennsylvania Avenue between 10th and 13th streets
Begins right after the parade ends estimated to be some time between 11:00am and noon. The festival ends at 6:00pm. The DC Website, states that streets will be closed for the festival at 9:00am and open at 6:00pm. However, my experience is that streets will not be reopened before all the equipment is completely removed.

For more information
National Cherry Blossom Festival and click on April 8 at the top or go directly to Events

To minimize traffic hassles, vehicles should head north from Penn Quarter and approach Penn Quarter from the north.
Attend the Parade and the Festival and avoid traffic jams

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