WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington’s famous cherry blossoms have hit peak bloom ahead of this weekend’s National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The National Park Service says the trees reached peak bloom Friday afternoon, a day ahead of what had been forecast. Saturday marks the culmination of the festival, which includes an annual parade and Japanese street festival.READ MORE: Community Devastated After Efraim Gordon Murdered While Visiting Baltimore, Volunteers Hand Out Flyers
The trees have bloomed about the same time the past two years. With most trees in bloom this weekend, organizers expect big crowds around the Tidal Basin and National Mall.
Festival President Diana Mayhew says early mornings are a good time to beat the crowds.READ MORE: Martinez Armstrong Charged In June 2020 Murder Of Michael Montgomery In Baltimore
The festival parade Saturday morning will be followed by the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival on Saturday afternoon.
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