So we got that going for us too!!
From a press release:
“2017 NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL LOOKS AHEAD TO SPRING
Celebrating 90 years since the first Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Atsuyuki Oike, Deputy Chief of Mission of The Embassy of Japan, sponsors, and stakeholders joined at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a preview of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 16). Speakers at the launch, presented by Guest Services, Inc., announced new and expanded events and kicked off the 90th anniversary of the first Festival.
The 2017 official artwork was unveiled (pictured above). The artwork was created by Naturel, a DC-based artist whose talents have also attracted the eyes and ears of celebrity clients such as Swizz Beatz, Rihanna, Spike Lee, Paul Rosenberg and LeBron James, among many others.
The one-of-a-kind artwork is an annual collector’s item, and will be featured on the 2017 poster and official merchandise. For every poster sold, Guest Services will donate $1 to the Trust for the National Mall’s Cherry Tree Endowment Fund.
National Cherry Blossom Festival 2017 signature events include:
· Thursday, March 16: Pink Tie Party fundraiser presented by ANA at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
· Saturday, March 25: Opening Ceremony at the Warner Theatre
· Saturday, April 1: Blossom Kite Festival on the Washington Monument grounds
· Saturday, April 8: National Cherry Blossom Festival Paradeâ presented by Events DC
· Saturday, April 8: Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival produced by The Japan-America Society of Washington, DC
· Saturday, April 15: Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival presented by Harris Teeter
· Saturday, March 25 – Sunday, April 9: Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage
Working in close collaboration with Festival partners, 2017 premier events include:
· Saturday, March 25: SAAM Cherry Blossom Celebration produced by Smithsonian American Art Museum
· Friday, April 14: Cherry Blast produced by Events DC
· Sunday, April 9: Anacostia River Festival produced by the 11th Street Bridge Park”