After the cherry blossom festival being cancelled for two years due to the pandemic, we are delighted to see it back again. Most of the main cherry blossom events – the parade and festivals – are still to come during April. Here’s what we’ve already enjoyed seeing – the short season of the blossoms in bloom and the kite festival.
Cherry blossoms from above
Blossoms at night
The classic Tidal Basin view
Blossoms at the Hirshhorn
Nicolas Party’s Draw the Curtain is a scrim surrounding the entire Hirshhorn building, and cherry blossoms bloom in front of it.
People dressing up for the blossoms
Animals enjoying the blossoms
Japanese American Memorial
Cherry blossoms surround the Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II. The heart-breaking statue of cranes entrapped in barbed wire is a symbol of Japanese incarceration camps in the U.S. during the war.
Blossoms close up
The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival took place on Saturday, with large crowds and kites flying in gusty winds, and skies that were dark and gloomy but didn’t dim the joy.
FDMB in pink
The new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge is lit in pink for cherry blossom season.
For all the cherry blossom season events yet to come, here’s the event listing.
We continue to photograph the support for Ukraine in D.C. See our full documentation.
Thank you for this beautiful issue of cherry blossom season. It makes me homesick.
Thanks so much, Gina!
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