If you recall, it kicked off with the Kite Festival and moved on to the Cherry Blossom Festival and later the next week, the parade and the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival. There were so many events in between, souvenirs and even pretzels from the rogue faux vendor if you got lucky!
The Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States and is proud to be the grand finale of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Performers and vendors travel from all over the country and the world to Washington, DC to share their love of Japanese culture and traditions with the Festival attendees. source
Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, then immediately after, the Sakura Matsuri - Rain or Shine! You can find me between 7th St NW & 3th St NW Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC
What a parade be without a fife and drum corp?
STOP!! BRAIN TEASER AHEAD!!
Never sad, sometimes blue.
Never empty, sometimes full.
Never pushes, always pulls.
What am I?
Oh! This one was hard!
Laid all out and ready to roll. I caught these horns all lined up and ready to go as I perused the pre-parade activities. Everyone was warming up and having fun.
Clowning around a little bit. I saw these guys all over town for the rest of the day.
And just like that, the Festival is over. Until next year! I hope you had fun and maybe next year, you can come to Washington, DC and celebrate the season with us! You know you want to!!! And thank you for visiting #MarketFriday!! Have a most fabulous day!
I always post this poem down at the bottom of my posts. It is one that has become so near and dear to my heart. I only post the most famous part of it, but, wanted to post it in its entirety today.
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who use to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?
and these are what my prayers look like;
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
"where does it hurt?"