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Cherry Blossom Festival 2018

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The annual Blossom Kite Festival is an anticipated family event filled with competitions, demonstrations, and creatively made kites.

The annual Blossom Kite Festival is an anticipated family event filled with competitions, demonstrations, and creatively made kites.1Picture by Victoria SampsonWith spring in full bloom, a plethora of cherry blossoms decorate the area surrounding the Tidal Basin.2Picture by Victoria SampsonShowcasing colorful floats, celebrity entertainers, and performances from a variety of genres, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is one of the most popular DC events that happens this time of year.3Picture by Victoria SampsonFilled with joy, Tamagawa University's dancers lighten the mood with their energetic and passionate performance.4Picture by Victoria SampsonDuring the annual Blossom Kite Festival, a kite worth $700 flies high in the sky near the Washington Monument.5Picture by Victoria SampsonMaggie O'Neil, the 2018 official festival artist, stands atop the float she designed while decked out in various shades on pink and blue.6Picture by Victoria SampsonThe fallen cherry blossoms make a beautiful trail across the Tidal Basin and to Jefferson Memorial.7Picture by Victoria SampsonAs the parade continues, the Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko group arrive, quickly boosting the atmosphere with their energetic music and enthusiasm.8Picture by Victoria SampsonA woman takes a picture of the kites in the sky as she wear a cherry blossom headbands that could be purchases by festival patrons.9Picture by Victoria Sampson

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