Cherry Blossom Festival parade celebrates spring in DC

- The annual Cherry Blossom Festival is coming to a close after several days of activities, music and gorgeous cherry blossoms.

Diana Mayhew is president of the Cherry Blossom Festival and helps put on the annual parade, which took to the streets of D.C. on Saturday.

"We have an amazing team that does this and works on it all year round," said Mayhew.

The parade is a huge part of the festival with thousands of participants and tens of thousands watching from the street.

"Over 4,000 youth participate, either dancing or singing or being in the band so it's fabulous," said Mayhew, who says the parade is a long-standing tradition for the District.

"This parade has been in existence over 70 years, but the festival itself over 90 and we celebrate this gift of beautiful trees and springtime."

The parade, along with performances at the tidal basin and on stage, was complemented by beautiful spring weather.

D.C.-area Carla Hall and host on "The Chew" was the honorary Grand Marshal, and there were performances by rapper Silento, 90s hip-hop group Arrested Development, Pop/classical string quartet Well Strung and The Voice season 11 contestant Billy Gilman.

The festival sells special cherry blossom pins as well as either items, with a percentage supporting the Trust for the National Mall Cherry Tree Endowment, which helps maintain and take care of these trees.

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