“Spring is when we roll out the pink carpet for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival,” said DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, yet even with our rose-colored glasses on, we all know that the 2021 festival, the 109th annual festival, will look a lot different. Still, the Committee assures that the tradition is ON this Spring from March 20 through April 11, 2021.
The 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival will be about “renewal, revitalization, and possibilities for transformation” according to Chairman of the Board Richard Bradley. And with all of this newness comes some new ways for people to experience the famous cherry blossom trees — and the festival’s accompanying Japanese cultural education — safely.
The 2021 festival will still focus on cuisine, music, and art presentations. This year participants can Pink Tie Party at home as well as watch an hour-long TV broadcast of performances featuring CeCe Winans. There will be public art everywhere, including the installation of large, vibrant cherry blossom art sculptures and 20 interactive statues. Kite flying will continue, as well as the Student Art Competition in schools. Businesses will participate with their own City in Bloom décor; homes are encouraged to do the same decorating Petal Porches; and if you miss the parade…. there will be smaller neighborhood Petal Processionals!
This year, Amazon has also signed on as a Festival partner and Leadership Circle sponsor, alongside Events DC, and is committed to bringing some Cherry Blossom excitement across the river to National Landing.
Yet whatever the changes to the 2021 Festival, the National Park Service’s Jeff Reinbold says the “national stars of this festival” are ready to go on as usual.
“The cherry trees will bloom in the Spring, just as they have every year. They give us stability in this unprecedented year.”