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Cherry Blossom Festival 2015

April 12, 2015
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Every April hundreds of thousands of individuals flock to the tidal basin in Washington, D.C. to view the Yoshino cherry blossom trees in full bloom. While no one is every quite sure when the trees will bloom on average it occurs during the first two weeks of April. This year I was fortunate enough to join the staggering 1.5 million people estimated to traverse from the Washington Monument along the tidal basin to the Jefferson monument to gaze at the pink and white flowers of the trees. Despite missing the peak bloom where up to 70 percent of the trees display the captivating pink blossoms I was able to get a first hand look at why so many people make the trip.

From a distance the cherry blossom trees resemble a gentle fog hugging the tree tops. As you near the trees you truly gain an understanding as to why they draw such a large crowd. Everyone is aiming either a cell phone camera, point-and-shoot, or a DSLR to capture an image worthy of Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Families, friends, and couple lay blankets out beneath the trees to enjoy the sight and hopefully catch some of the falling flowers (plucking a flower off the tree is illegal). You might even get to see a proposal or two.

As for the festival, it spans the first two weeks of April with plenty of events, galas, and fundraisers. Dating back to 1910 when the first batch of 2,000 trees were delivered (eventually another batch of 3,000 trees were delivered due to the first batch being diseased) from Tokyo, Japan the festivities have celebrated the beginning of Spring. Whether you’re a DMV local or a visiting tourist this festival is certainly one you would not want to miss. The 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival is set for March 20th through April 17th so get your cameras ready and make you way to Washington, D.C. for a spectacular event.

- josue@yohipster.com - It's the simple things that are extraordinary. I enjoy good food, great music and better whiskey.

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