Cherry Blossom Festival Begins

Posted by Zotta Rendevouz

National Cherry Blossom Festival begins this weekend in Washington, DC, and organizers ask people to participate tonight in a march around the Tidal Basin, where cherry blossoms have been since their arrival as a gift from Japan in 1912.

It is called "Stand Walk with Japan" and is scheduled for 6:30 (Thursday night) as a show of unity with the suffering of the earthquake and tsunami.

Walkers are invited to respond to the Sylvan Theater on 15th Street and Independence Avenue.

Donations are voluntary and go directly to the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the bottom of the Red Cross.

Cherry Blossom Festival runs 10 April 9, including the traditional parade in April.