Market Friday and The Cherry Blossom Parade

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Today is #MarketFriday initiated by @dswigle (Denise, that's me!!) Join me as we share our markets across the globe. I always look forward to seeing what you send me! It is amazing to see the different markets and cultures of our friends here on steemit. Today, we will be in the crowds, watching the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. This is the culmination of the Festival, one that had been amazing this year.

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!


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I loved these girls! So full of energy and personality! I see this troupe in a lot of the parades.





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

There are no pictures from the Japanese festival, but, you can check it out here


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Before anyone asks me, the building in the back of the giant cherry blossom (pictured above) is the National Archives.


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What a parade be without a fife and drum corp?



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A clown who could never tell a lie?



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Never sad, sometimes blue.
Never empty, sometimes full.
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There were bikes that were super cool and men dressed up in period clothing. My kind of day.



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It's always amazing to see how many handlers there are and watch them as they expertly maneuver the inflatable. A few years back, I remember losing one of them for just a moment or three. It was hairy, to say the least.


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She had her poodle going on! Oh, yes! Did I tell you that there was dancing in the streets?





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.


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A little pre-parade stretch out. They were readying for the big moment.


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Getting in position to give a show! Ready or not, here we come!


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They are all lining up to start the parade. As for us mere mortals, we have already been standing along the Parade route which runs from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th St NW.

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Clowning around a little bit. I saw these guys all over town for the rest of the day.


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Strapping the dragon onto the vehicle.



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They threw the confetti cherry blossoms throughout the parade. Glad I wasn't on clean-up. They were made of foil.


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A flower. There must always be a flower or three, to color my world. Hail the beauty of the cherry blossom!



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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!


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I have been discovering new places, some right in my own area! Today, I discovered a tulip farm! Just as tulips are ending! Next year! Next year! I love to share and be shared with! I am intrigued by different cultures. It is exciting and yes! I would love to see yours! Don't forget to take photos wherever you happen to be shopping - whether it be the grocery store, the local marketplace or even an art gallery, a kite festival or a cherry blossom festival! Wherever money is exchanged for a service or for merchandise. Be different if you wish! It does not have to be a traditional market! We will love it! I promise you! Don't forget to use the hashtag #MarketFriday and @dswigle.




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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.

they set my aunts house on fire
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?

i’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
dear god
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.

later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered,
"where does it hurt?"
it answered,

"everywhere"
"everywhere"
"everywhere"

warsan shire



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So many great photos, Denise! Thanks a lot for sharing!

Today I've entered your #MarketFriday initiative again. I hope you like these photos from Riga's Central Market.

https://steemit.com/@trincowski/the-central-market-of-riga-is-one-of-the-coolest-i-ve-seen

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Thank you so much! Sharing this parade with you has been my pleasure. I can see that you went to Riga and that is very exciting. I have yet to get to Latvia, but, have a great friend who lives there. She loves it and is always trying to entice me to come and visit her!

Thank you for joining in the tag this week. I know how much time and effort it takes to be in the tag, so I appreciate it.

You celebrate Orthodox Easter, correct?

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Yes, and it's most definitely a city I'd like to visit again. A bit expensive but so beautiful!

Orthodox? I don't really know. Most people here are Catholics but that's all I know about it.

Thanks. I hope you enjoyed my post!

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That is fine, I was actually talking about you, but, yes, most in Riga celebrate the Orthodox Easter with is at the end of the month. Now, I am off to check out your post! Thanks again!
Have a fabulous weekend!

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Yeah, I don't know if people here in Portugal are Orthodox or not. I know I am not. I don't have a religion myself. 😝

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That's fine. They celebrate Easter tomorrow. I forgot you lived in Portugal. :)

Hi Denise! Here is my Market Friday post! I sent you a message about steem but I didnt hear back. Maybe I will catch you again some other time. Enjoy your Easter!!!

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https://steemit.com/life/@old-guy-photos/easter-time-y-all

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Hi, Paul! Thank you for dropping the #MarketFriday link! I always appreciate not having to chase you down.

I sent you a message about steem but I didnt hear back. Maybe I will catch you again some other time. Enjoy your Easter!!!

Maybe! If you are lucky!

Seriously. I'm too busy to joke like that today. You are such a diva. Go play with the popular kids. ;) They probably answer their phones.

Have a great Easter!

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No worries. I was not joking. I can always just power up.

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Absolutely love all the detail shots of the parade you shared with us such a fun event it seems I would love to experience it one year

Here is my post for this week https://steemit.com/marketfriday/@tattoodjay/market-friday-in-neon

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Thank you so much! It's always a pleasure for me to be able to share any of my market Friday, but especially the parades! You really do need to come and experience one of their parades, although I can actually say that new you works are so legendary that the competition would be steep. I'm not sure but I can remember enjoying the heck out of the ones up there. Having said that these are different and their subjects are a little bit more patriotic based. Having said that I think I like all parades! Thank you so much for dropping your link as it makes it so very helpful for me! As always, have yourself a most wonderful weekend! Happy Easter in advance!

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No thanks needed it is always my pleasure to visit your posts :) but this one stood out and you really captured the fun and thrill of this parade in your post :)

I have been to some of the NYC parades over the years, but the streets are so tight and the crowds can get crazy, so I find myself less wanting to go to them these days, but this spring and summer I plan to catch as many of our local smaller one sin Milford this year.

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Well thank you so much for that! I actually think it's because I love the parade so much and I love capturing the fun, although that is not always possible. It looks better in my mind then it comes out in photos sometimes.

I know exactly what you are saying about the streets of New York City as I have been to many of their parades and their New Year's celebrations. I think I got frostbite one too many times out there waiting in the rain or the snow or the ice or all of them together at one time. I have thrown in the towel into that one and will only go to a New Year's celebration if it is from the balcony of a hotel room. As there are no balconies in the area, you know that will never happen again. LOL

The crabs to go crazy and I don't mind so much going to the ones in Washington DC as they seem to be spread out more, making it not seem quite as crowded. I'm with you on catching some of the smaller ones this year because honestly, the crowds seem to be more animated because they are not so agitated.

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Yes if its something you love I to find the photos they are just that much more special, I went once for New years at Times Square i got there early about 5PM and it was far to crowded for me so I got the heck out of there and never will do that again

I much prefer the smaller ones they may not be as fancy but they have a nice homely charm to them

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Oh, trust me! I've grown up and away from needing to be there. I used to love going there and I actually got a big adrenaline rush from being in that crowd. I could still do it but I'm over freezing to death! I've gotten wet and thrown up on, and I think that I have pretty much eliminated that from my to do list.

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NOw a days I have to admit I am happy enough to watch it on TV nice and warm at home LOL
Really its just another day, made into such a big thing LOL or perhaps that just my excuse to avoid the chaos of New Years in Times Square LOL

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Oh my God man! Don't tell me that you are giving in to the being old thing! I don't believe that for one moment. Well, maybe a little.

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It is always my pleasure!

Wow you always raise the bar. Every single week I am stunned and blown away. I really like how you capture action in the shots, just amazing. Clearly it is always sunny and everyone is of good cheer and having a great time. Super post!

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Thank you so much for your always kind comments and raising the bar is giving me far too much credit. But thank you for that. I do like photographing parades and I know I'm kind of weird that way come up but I really do like parades. Most people I know are so over them and don't like to even attend them oh, but I can tell you that if there's a parade, I'll be there. I'll even be early so I can get a good seat. Although truth be told, most times I am trolling the perimeters, looking for something different. It was a beautiful day and a great time was had by all.

Would it make you feel better if I told you that you're going to have rain and thunder today? There is even a 60 to 70% chance that we might have a tornado touchdown. So Camelot Has Fallen. As an aside oh, I haven't seen anything yet, but there's still hope.

As always thank you for the kind words and the visit and I wish you a most awesome day! Happy Good Friday and wishing you and your family a Happy Easter this weekend.

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Well it is rainy here today, as it was yesterday. I am sure you will have Camelot back in no time and a sunny weekend. I do hope you dodge the tornadoes though! Have a super Easter!

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Lovely day. I just wanted to ask, was it a cold day out?

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Believe it or not, it's incredibly beautiful, which is kind of a good thing because those little girls had very little on! In actuality, it was close to 80 degrees Fahrenheit oh, so it was nice and warm in probably they all worked up a sweat. It's not a good time of year just as its turning from Winter to Spring and many times its spikes into the higher Heat and then goes down a little bit. All in all it was a beautiful day and the parade was pretty amazing.

Thank you for your always generous upvote and as always I hope you have a most wonderful evening.

Happy Easter to you and yours!!

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Oh (26°C), that's very warm.

Today it went to 16°C (~61°F) as I took my boys to a traveling fun fair "Tivoli Sariola", that is currently visiting Lahti. We had fun.

Next, we are cooking some lamb moussaka with Vera. (It'll probably be a late night dinner again since it takes such a long time to make.)

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What an amazing and cheerful report! I got known about your Cherry Blossom Festival from the video of my friend on FB. It looks really awesome. It was a bit windy, and cherry petals flew in tge air like a magic snow 💛

But I did not know about parade - it is so bright and festive! I love your parades in US, I wish we have them here more often, these costumes, movements, music bring a holuday spirit to everyone. This is what we need very much.

I will submit my story later today😉

Have a nice time!

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How wonderful that you got to know about the cherry blossoms from your friend! I am sure the video it's much nicer than pictures. I personally like every action of the video but I don't really like taking video too much. It is magical when the cherry blossom start falling to the Earth, just like snow. They do have a wonderful parade and a Japanese Street Festival and there are many other things going on for 2 weeks all tied into the Cherry Blossom Festival. It actually starts off with the Kite Festival, which I posted on I believe 2 weeks ago. At this moment there is a lot of holiday spirit and we do need a little bit of that. Easter will be coming and that will be another whole holiday that the Washington DC area will celebrate, in style.

I look forward to your post later today and as always I hope you are having a most wonderful day!

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Thank you for your nice words, @dswigle! My day was wonderful indeed 🙂🤗

And I almost forget to post my link here:

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So glad to hear that! I love those socks! They are amusing and would bring a smile to anyone's face!

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Such a small thing that os in fact not visible, but can color up one's day ☺

Hope you are having a nice weekend!

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I know!! But, I know that they are there! )

That is all that counts! I am having a wonderful weekend! Thank you! I hope you are also!

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Yes, I had some fun - went to local street market to get some food and new photos 😉 Meet some nice and strange people, LOL. Write of it next Friday!

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Oh my! I can hardly wait to see it and aren't some people just so strange? I wonder if they think the same thing about me as I carry that camera around snapping at everything. LOL

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Thank you so much for the mention in the #Hit-Parade, @arcange!!

It is always an honor to show up there!

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You did it! You've convinced me that we want to be a part of this two-week celebration so I'm moving it to the top of my bucket list after 2020 (our fiftieth anniversary). See you there in 2021!

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Congratulations! You finally made up your mind to move Washington DC to the top of your bucket list! Well, the cherry blossoms anyway. Just keep in mind that the beginning of April is one of the best dates to shoot for. Only because the Cherry Blossom Festival will fall into there somewhere and if you have to do anything in advance it's the safest date.

It is always a great time and I have never been disappointed. That comes from someone who never misses it. Congratulations ahead of time for nearing your 50th anniversary! That is quite an accomplishment! And yes! I expect to see you in 2021!

Thank you for dropping by because it's always a pleasure to see you! I want to wish you a happy Easter in advance.

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Thank you for the timing information, I just made note of all of this in my book. My husband is on board too! Lots to look forward to.

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Have you been here before? I want to say yes... if not, hold on to your seat! I will load you up with things to think about!

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I have not been there but my husband went twice while in high school...that was a long time ago. We wonder why we never went before or took the kids. I made a note that you are the one to contact as we get closer to the date even though I didn't need to...I'm not going to forget you are the one that made the festivals and trees look so beautiful and something not to be missed.

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I am surprised, but, then not really. People who tend to travel the world will sometimes skip the obvious here in the States. I am totally guilty of that and am in the process of remedying some of that. :)

I am glad you will make the effort to come and actually, there is no bad time to visit, so if you find yourself in the neighborhood before that, just remember that everything they have here (almost everything) is free. All of the Smithsonians, Art Galleries and all of the monuments - plus the obvious, like the White House, Library of Congress, the Capitol, the list goes on!

Come on down! You won't be sorry!

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Thank you. I think it will be a wonderful trip even if it is not during the Cherry Blossom Festival but that will be the goal.

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I can assure you that whatever you come it will be the perfect time! Except for the end of July and August. Tourists are knee-deep! Even I stay away from downtown, except for the Folklife Festival which is turn left fourth of July festivities. That's another perfect time to come. You haven't seen fireworks until you've seen them with the capital in the back view and the military band playing the 1910 Overture!

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Oh my, what wonderful shots you took there my dear ! I love it when people have spotted you and offer their largest smile full of cheerfulness and energy to the peppy Denise behind her camera ! And I love the effect on your photos that focus on the subject and also gives dynamism to them !
Thanks my dear for this wonderful share and have a marvelous week-end ! Hugs from both Luigi and I ^_^29ghloro2q.png

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Thank you, my Barbara! Thank you for strolling through Market Friday! It was a really fine parade and Festival it lasted for over 2 weeks. It was non-stop entertainment and that has a way of putting you in a good mood all day long. I do love when people see that I am taking a picture and put their best face on. I actually do not mind catching them unaware, but there's something so very rewarding about a big fat smile! I really do love going to these events but I also really love photographing them.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a most wonderful Easter! Give my Luigi a hug!

Bisous! Bisous!

#MarketFriday loves you! 💖

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Thank you for prompting me to stop by with a link to my post.

I am so glad I did. Cherry blossoms are on my bucket list.

Here it is and a good weekend to you
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Thank you for taking the time to come and post it for me! Cherry blossoms are so awesome and last evening we had a wind storm (and then the rain came) of 70MPH and it was raining cherry blossoms all over my front lawn. It was actually quite a spectacular sight!

But, now I have only a few left. :)

Thank you again and I appreciate the time and effort spent to make a post!

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Thank you for the resteem @pixresteemer! It is greatly appreciated!

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That was a great capture of the horns and the feather hats. The twirling skirt was pretty amazing too. Beautiful life and colors. Thanks so much for being you:)https://steemit.com/marketfriday/@prydefoltz/an-arty-market-friday-with-dswigle

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Oh, Pryde!!! @prydefoltz I lost you in the crowd! Sorry about that. I upvoted it and then went to answer the phone and when I came back, I started at the top and lost you for a while.

Thank you so much for your words and for taking the time to come, read the post and comment. It is surely appreciated, probably more than you know.

I am excited to go and check out your post in a bit! I love your twist on things. Always interesting and fun. Thank you again and thank you for dropping your link here, making it easier to find.

As always, have an amazing weekend and Happy Easter!!

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Thank you, Denise:) Hope you are having a wonderful day:)

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Thank you so much, Pryde! I am having a truly wonderful day. The weather is beautiful and tomorrow promises to be a nice Sunrise Service for Easter!!

Have a Happy Easter!!! I am sure it will be a lovely day for you and your son!

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What fabulous photos all so energetic and cheerful that's the sought of parades you got to be at i enjoyed every photo in this post you captured it so brilliantly i went back about 4 times and just kept looking at them...lol :)

MarketFriday by the Khon Kaen Lake !!

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Thank you so much and you have no idea but I love parades of all sorts! For some reason I have never outgrown them since I was a kid and love thoughts of attending a parade. In all honesty it is the pre-parade fun that I really love. All the putting together of the instruments and the participants. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it because I sure enjoyed taking these shots. As always I hope you have a most wonderful day and thank you so much for dropping your link!

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You are most welcome and i really did enjoy looking through your post as much as you enjoyed taking them brilliant photos have a great Sunday and Happy Easter to you and family :)

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Thank you @dswigle and @tipu :)

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You are always a pleasure!

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Cheers...have a great week :)

Oooh... nice legs.
My first take today... I ordered a $1 porridge while I was at AWS Summit and have it delivered to my wife.
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Oh yes! Didn't they have nice legs? I am pretty sure that most of the parade clapped for their legs also!

You order the dollar porridge and have it delivered to your wife? First off oh, that was a very nice thought! And 2nd oh, that was a very nice thought! I hope that she enjoyed it as much as you did ordering it for her. That was a very nice thing to do. Thank you so much for dropping your link here. I appreciate it very much.

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You're welcome. Thanks for tip.
It was an interesting experience for me too.
Hmm... does it beat sending flowers?

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Oh no you are not going to be blaming that one on me! LOL

Let us just say that it is different and it is a very thoughtful gesture. I am sure that she enjoyed it.

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This is a great parade and a wonderful holiday!

I always get a lot of impressions from your interesting posts, dear Denise!

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And this my post for marketfriday

I congratulate you on the upcoming Easter.

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Well thank you so much Svetlana! It was a wonderful parade and the Cherry Blossom Festival was really a nice one this year! You know, it is all dependent on the weather and this year it was very cooperative. Because it was just a tiny bit cooler on some days, the cherry blossoms lasted the entire 2 weeks and Beyond. That was a very unusual but I am very grateful. I wasn't sure if you celebrated Easter tomorrow or if you celebrate it on the Orthodox which is next week of course. But, I am going to assume that it is next week. If not, Happy Easter! I am covering all of my bases here. Thank you for your Easter wishes to me and of course I hope you have a most wonderful weekend! Thank you so much for dropping your link here.

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Here's take two and the app to the rescue again.

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📷 🎾#MarketFriday Cleaning up between the food market and the online food market+Video | 熟食中心和网上食物递送服务市场之间的做清理+视频😎
but the food delivery market cannot get you the slow-mo video I have.
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Hi, Ace!! How awesome! A part two to the entire thing. Thank you! Did you take slo-mo action? I can hardly wait! I will be over in a bit! Thanks for dropping the link and have an awesome day!

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You're welcome.
Thanks for the tip.
I took a video and slow-mo a part which I thought would be interesting. :-)
Have a good weekend.

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I really love when people do the slo-mo in certain parts of the video! The tip is always my pleasure!

Have a fabulous weekend! At least a Beautiful Sunday!

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Thank you.
You have a good Sunday too.

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That looks like such an amazingly awesomesauce parade! Your shots really captured the energy and joy of the crowd. I was smiling the whole time I was scrolling. 😊

Thanks so much for taking us along, dearest Denise!

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It was an awesome parade, Traci! I should admit right up front that I love parades and I have never seen one that wasn't amazing. Does that make a difference? I am so glad that you could see the energy that was out there, sometimes it is hard to transfer onto the photo.

There is always such an energy to the crowd and I have found that the best part of the parade is in the pre parade activities, with the people getting ready and setting out all the instruments and lining everything up and actually the state of confusion that seems to run through the people. It makes for better shots in so many ways and in the end it all comes together to look like there is no trouble to it.

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That made me happy, but then again, your posts always do. Thanks for sharing pics of the festivities. :)

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Oh, you are such a sweetie and I am soooo glad you came to see your parents! It's funny. I loved my parents, but, I never missed them until I couldn't see them when I wanted to.

Enjoy your time with them and thanks for dropping by. You are so awesome like that! Mwah!!!

I hope all is well in your world! xoxo

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how do you hear about these diff events?

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Well, I live in the area and they always have the events in the newspaper or online. Like this: look here And I also look ahead of time for things like the Memorial Day events, Veterans Day, Fourth of July - they have a Folklife Festival then, Kite Festival... etc. It is always a lot of fun and I spend as much time down there as possible.

All the museums are free and so are so many of the other things. The Kennedy Center is free every day at 6 pm.... nobody can ever say that culture isn't available to them!

Thanks for dropping by!

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I saw your blog again, @dswigle. Full of beauty and light. I'm impressed! I want to make you a surprise, I was able to post a new post in #marketfriday. As I said, there are some challenges that I cannot lose.
This is my new try: My Virtual Market
I think it is a post that can be useful to movie lovers, music, art ...

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Thank you so much for your words, Dan! @bluemoon

I just finished reading your new post and I have to say that it is quite awesome and very educational - all at the same time. I appreciate posts that do double duty like that! You could never lose with that one and it was a great one to use. I have had many on the internet purchases, but, never on the apps! Great thought!

It is a useful post to almost everyone, I agree! Thank you for dropping the link here. Much appreciated and as always, I wish you a most wonderful weekend!

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Oh, I try not to miss you! :)

I look eventually if you don't show.

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My pleasure~!

What a fun party!!! I love those photos, you did a great job capturing the pulse of the party! Well done!
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The Cherry Blossom Parade is always like a party that you get invited to! :)

Thank you for such a sweet comment and I was hoping that the fun would transfer well into the photos. You know as well as I do that it doesn't always happen, but, I am always glad when it does! Thank you for dropping the link here and as you know, I always and forever appreciate your hard work putting a post together to join in #MarketFriday!

As always, a wonderful weekend to you and if I am correct, you celebrate Orthodox Easter?

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The fun does translate into the photos, you did a great job here.
I celebrate the Catholic Easter, meaning my Easter is the same time as Catholic Easter but I'm a Reformed Christmas.
So today is Easter Sunday for me and it's Palm Sunday for the Orthodox believers.
What about you? Are you celebrating Easter and when?

Thank you again for your support and nice comments!

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We did! Thank you! I celebrated yesterday as I am Catholic. Thank you for the always nice comments, and it was such a perfect day yesterday!

The sun was shining, it was warm and we had an easter egg hunt and a ham dinner. So it was a nice turnout and today, Easter Monday is an off day and peaceful too.

They just don't make enough of those days! :)

I wish you well on the week ahead~!

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wow !!!! it was a very entertaining festival !!!!! it is clear that children participate with great pleasure !!! Balloons in the form of dogs are amazing !!!! the puzzle was really complicated. I would never have figured it out :)
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I think that you would have really enjoyed this Festival! It is a yearly testable and I have never had a bad time. The children always have a great time and honestly at this time I feel like a child because my pleasure is very real! Oh there were so many balloons! Always and forever. The puzzle was complicated even for me and I did not get it but I could not resist to publish it and see if anybody else did. So far, it looks like nobody did oh, but I will wait and be patient. Thank you so much for dropping your link and I hope that you have a most wonderful weekend!

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Oh my goodness what a fun event! Looks like the weather was nice, as well! You keep putting D.C. higher and higher on my list to visit. It's a long bucket list, but I shouldn't have any excuses since it is not that far away. 😜 Thank you for sharing the pure joy of this day!

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The weather was just perfect for the event! And, the event was fun! Who doesn't love a good parade? Oh, I love that you are putting it higher on your bucket list, but, yes!!! It is so close and just a tad north of $100 to get here, $49 if you are brave enough to take the grey dog!

You would love it here and the good thing about DC is that most things are free. Most events are public, mostof the museums are free. Honest!

What is not to love about that!!! It is a cheap vacation!

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Happy Friday! What lovely photos! Here is another trip through our market (I swept through with the dogs, earlier. Just about to nip out again!): https://steemit.com/dtube/@felt.buzz/nr4ze0kd

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Happy Friday! Thank you so much for your wonderfully kind words and for treating me to another trip to your Market! You know how I love going there and I especially love when we get to take the dogs! LOL

Well I see that you will be off again so I will take a few moments and Wander over and check out your post in a little while! I hope you are having a wonderful day and I appreciate you visiting Market Friday!

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Such fantastic street photography Denise. You really have captured so many aspects that go into making a parade like this so dynamic. A great way to bring people together and lift their spirits.

I love the energy of the dancing girls, but the image that really has my attention is the one of ~ Is it a brass band in the red uniform? ~ With the green Japanese lanterns. Great mix of west and east. And love all the different expressions on the faces. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Thank you so much Ally! I will admit right away but I do love parades. I can't even explain it because most people don't care for them anymore, but I have this thing about parades and I actually prefer to photographed the parade maybe an hour or two before they start. It's interesting because there are practicing and getting dressed and stretching out if they're dancing. I think he gets a different look to the parade rather than people marching down the street. And I have never met anybody that didn't want to give a big cheesy grin to the camera down for which I'm very grateful.

The girls were very energetic and it is not the first parade that I have seen them in. The image that you are speaking of, the brass band in the red uniform with the Green Lantern's? That is actually the beginning of the parade as they were starting to lineup. They probably stood there for about a half hour and I went up and down the line photographing them oh, so that is probably why you got the different Expressions on the faces! I hadn't thought about it like that with the east meets west but that is exactly spot on!

I want to thank you for taking the time to stop in a leave some love.

#MarketFriday loves you! 💖

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Beautiful post and photos Denise!! Looks like it was a beautiful day for the parade and festival! Happy Friday and wishing you a wonderful Easter!!
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Thank you so much! It was an incredibly beautiful day and the entire Festival was marked with great weather throughout. Most times, we get pretty lucky it's just an occasional splash of rain and this time we were exceptionally lucky!

I didn't get to you on time to make a guess but I actually got it wrong! Can you believe that?

Thank you so much for stopping in to check out my post and for dropping your link! It is much appreciated and I hope you know then I realize how much time and effort it is to Macon Market Friday post. I hope you have a wonderful Good Friday and I am wishing you a happy Easter in advance!

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You are welcome Denise and thank you so much!! Beautiful weather sure makes it all the more enjoyable!
Ha ha..I think I might know your guess (KK possibly). I could certainly understand that..lol.

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Hahaha! Yes!!!!! LOL You know me so well! When you said I would be able to guess, the thing that came up instantly was those hot and fresh delights! WEll, you are being naughty, aren't you??? :) I love it!

Thank you again! You are so sweet!

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If ever there was a good enough reason to hold a Festival it would have to be, to celebrate Cherry Blossoms. What a delightful and fun festival @dswigle and your images are simply superb. You've captured the positive vibes and energetic ambiance so well.

I hope you have a fabulous Easter my friend. (U & R )

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Happy #MarketFriday, Trudee! @trudeehunter

I agree! How could anybody resist a celebration of cherry blossoms? I stopped making big long posts with all the pictures because I was thinking perhaps I was doing too many and people couldn't get through them all, but I noticed it was hard to capture the moments without putting them. So I feel like I'm missing some moments here but, I'm sure that it will all work out.

Your words are always too kind and I appreciate such a nice response to my post. So thank you very much for that and thank you for always trying to make the challenge.

Happy Good Friday and I hope you have a most fabulous Easter yourself! Thank you so much for the upvote and the resteem and the love that you always put in, on top of everything else. xoxo

Mwah!

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Blossoms trigger a variety of emotions in people around the world......and all very positive, I'm sure. They herald the long awaited spring season with joy and beauty and set the mood for the weeks ahead as new life emerges and our hope is restored via nature and enables us to have faith to believe for the release of other dream we've stored up in our hearts. 💟

It is always a challenge to know what to add and what to leave out in a post but I do believe a 'picture paints a thousand words' and often replaces words more efficiently. 😊

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Isn't that the absolute truth? I like the way you think and I couldn't agree more with the triggering of emotions. Cherry blossoms, no matter where you are in the world seem to trigger something in people, and to tell you the truth I have never heard of negative anything about them. The Japanese believe that it is a renewal of sorts and in a way it is even for us because it is the beginning of Spring. It is always a welcome sight. It is, in fact a challenge to know what to add and what to put out, but I think I will go with your thoughts on pictures paint a thousand words and add back more pictures. LOL I just don't want people to stop reading because I make it too long, but I always enjoy a very thorough post so perhaps they do also. Thank you once again and it goes without saying that I appreciate you very much.

Looks like a lot of fun and high spirit in these pictures. Wonderful :).

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It is always so much fun to go to any of the cherry blossom events! Actually most events downtown Washington, DC... they seem to pull all the stops out at making a good time for everyone. I love living here and enjoying the things that are available at usually no cost.

It was a wonderful parade and day! These parades never get old around here and they have one every event that they get a chance to! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a most fabulous weekend AND Easter!

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WHAT a great day! And the weather looked perfect!

We are planning a long weekend trip to DC in June to visit my husband's oldest son who lives in Manassas. Wish I could have been there now to see these blossoms!

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Oh, how wonderful that is, Dawne! @goldendawne

June is a nice time to come, it is still not too hot and well actually even now is in the high 70's and 80s. I wish you could have seen the cherry blossoms, just keep in mind that the beginning of April is when you would want to plan a trip for that.

In June, they are having the DC Jazz Festival on June 7-16 Also By the People Festival June 15-23 see here Plenty of Arts and Culture see here

I am guessing that you have been here then? There is so much to do here always and always a fun place to be. If your husband's son lives in Manassas, does he go downtown very often? I just looked it up and Manassas has a jazz festival also. And 25th Annual Railway Festival - City of Manassas, VA There are a lot of eating things and drinking things and well, you get the picture.

It was a great day for the parade. It started off cloudy and straightened right out. :) I do love their parades and their museums. And best of all, I love that it is all free. :)

Thanks for dropping by, Dawne! Have a Happy Easter!

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I loooovvvveeeed the blog the pictures were so that it was like i was there to... i wish haha and i wanted to be a dancer when i was LITTLE

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Oh, I am so glad that you liked it! It was a really fun day and I do love the parades around here! They have quite a few during the year and I never tire of them.

Isn't that funny!! I wanted to be a dancer when I was little... and a professional singer and skater and gymnast... LOL

I just loved being active and I was so mesmerized by Olympic athletes.

I wish you a very Happy Easter! I hope you have a most wonderful Holiday!

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Thanks, Shaun! @shaunf

It was a great time and I am so happy that I was able to attend. I have to admit that going behind the scenes is what makes it so fun and I am glad that you enjoyed it also.

Thanks so much for participating and for dropping the link here! It is much appreciated!

As always, I wish you a wonderful weekend! Happy Easter!

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What a lovely fun friday. An honor to joined today. Happy Easter to all!

Thank you so much.

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Thank you so much! I am glad you joined today and yes!! Parades and Festivals are always and forever a fun time! It is my honor to have you here.

Thank you so much for dropping the link and I wish you and yours a Happy Easter!

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It looks like you had a lot of fun and that it was a beautiful day! :)

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It really was a fun day! The sun was shining, the cherry blossoms were blooming and everything was right with the world. For a moment or three.

I do so love parades, without any particular reason, but, the best part for me is the pre-parade goings on. Dressing, practicing and stretching for the dancers. It is fun to get that action as opposed to just marching down the street.

Wishing you a Happy Easter in advance! And thank you for the visit!

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Happy Easter to you, too!
When I was in Scouts, we were in a parade once or twice. I always felt super important holding one of the flags, LOL.

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I was in the band and several other organizations that had to be in the parade and I did carry the flag once and that was it! But, it was like being queen for a day!

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I am still waiting to be queen once again. LOL

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Nice and colorful Parade of National Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan. And here is my entry : https://steemit.com/marketfriday/@kamrunnahar/market-friday-go-to-rangdhano-market
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I am so glad that you like the Parade, although it was here in the Washington, DC area, in honor of the Japanese.

Thank you so much for dropping your link here and for your participation! As always, I wish you a most wonderful weekend!

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Denise, you continue to surprise us with every new post. Wonderful. Many new graphic elements that embellish the blog. The same elaborate photos, perfect in supporting the theme. I have a question ... why didn't see Japanese at this festival?

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Oh, there were plenty of Japanese at the festival. I couldn't find all the pictures on the external hard drive, so I went with the ones I had access to. I have been transferring all my files over for the last month. I guess I didn't realize I didn't put the dancers in. I may look later today and insert a few.

Thank you for pointing that out for me, Dan. It was 4 am by the time I posted it and I was bleary-eyed and didn't even notice. There were pictures of Japanese at the Tidal Basin, but, they were just visitors.

I hope you have a very nice Easter, Dan! I wasn't sure if you celebrate the Orthodox, but, I am thinking you do, which isn't until the next week. If you do, forgiveness, please.

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@bluemoon although you can't see up close, these were the tail end of some Japanese attaching the dragon the vehicle. This was pictured above but I know that is not what you were talking about. I also left a link with pictures above to the Japanese street festival on the article. It was at the first few paragraphs. It is all about the Japanese people in that link.



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You know how it is said "this year the end of the world will come a week later for the Orthodox" ... it is not related to Easter but I'm sure you understand what I mean.

Happy Easter for you and your family! I will go next week to Bucharest, to be with my son and his girlfriend. They will have a baby this fall! We'll be grandparents ...

I know what it means to work on the blog very late in the night. You've managed a perfect blog, after my opinion.

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Wait!!! Is this the same girl from last year? It matters not! Congratulations to you and your son!!! How amazing is life? It must be an honor to be a grandparent!

Oh, it wasn't how I planned to put the post out, but, you know, #MarketFriday must go on! And so it did. No matter how late. ;) Thank you for the Easter wishes and I will save yours for next weekend.

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Is not. I have not met her yet. It's pretty weird, I know.
My son announced to me that he would have a baby at the funeral of my mother (his grandmother) ... so is life!

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You know, sometimes it happens that way. They date someone for a long time, separate and then life hands them a partner almost immediately.

I wish them well and much luck! One life taken and one life given. It happens more often than not. Congratulations!

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Thank you! It happened on time.
My son is already 37 years old.

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Well, everything in its own time. Right?

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Yeah, I saw the Japanese now. In fact, I hope you noticed there was not a criticism, I wanted to show that I looked closely at your blog.

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I know you do. ;) The same as I look at yours. So as not to miss anything. I had lots of pictures of them sparring and dancing and singing.... and I put up none.

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I have them. I need to find them in the unorganized mess of my new external hard drive.

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What a colourful and cheerful parade! That pink colour parade is wonderful for spring mood!! A very jolly atmosphere for all participants and onlookers!!

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Thank you so much! The big pink flower which is supposed to be a cherry blossom really does put you in a wonderful spring mood. The entire atmosphere was fun and everybody there was excited to see the parade. It's such a wonderful way to end the two weeks of the festival. Thank you so much for dropping your link and I appreciate your support.

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Pink is a very nice colour! Always very gelding and cheerful!

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Thank you so much for your always kind replies! xo

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The pleasure is mine!

You did such cool photos.
Especially I love those girls in white swimsuits. They are so funny and beauty :)

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Thank you so much for your words. I do love a good parade and they never disappoint in Washington, DC. I think they live for these parades!

The girls in white... those are actually their costumes and they are dancers. They are all made up to be more beautiful, although I suspect they already are. Thank you for the visit and I hope you have a most wonderful day!

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I felt I am attending the parade. All the photos are so clear and looks real. Thanks for sharing a new thing which I would never knew..untill I drop in here

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Well, thank you so much for the nice words, as you always leave! The parades around here are always a fun adventure and they leave me smiling. I do love parades!

They have many throughout the year and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival is one of about five of their big ones. It is a Parade that culminated the entire Cherry Blossom Festival. Thank you so much for dropping in !!

I wish you a most wonderful weekend!

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That is an amazing piece. Never witness them except the republic day parade...anyway such trend is not in India, but who know in future we have some..

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You just never know as western influence moves over the globe. Unfortunately, in some ways.

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That's true...it is spreading very rapidly...engulfing everything

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You got some great behind the scenes shots. Loved all the clowns. Thank you for hosting #marketfriday. This is my first market friday post.
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Thank you so much for the nice words! I do like to do most of my work from behind the scenes. I think the pictures come out different than a regular parade and more interesting, but that is only my opinion. I got too many pictures of clowns. They really did make the parade, but, also know many people dislike clowns.

Thank you for dropping your link into the post comments. It is much appreciated!

As always, I wish you a most wonderful day!

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The girls were very talented and graceful. Their teamwork was amazing to watch. Thank you for stopping by #MarketFriday!

How fun! You really got some great photos!

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Why thank you! It was a fun event that lasted two weeks oh, so I guess you can call it more than an event. But all in all, it's always a good time every year. I enjoy that they always kick it off with the Kite Festival and they always ended with a street festival.

Shame on me because my focus more on having a good time then taking pictures this year. LOL I hope you have a most spectacular day and happy Easter to you!

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Two weeks. That is quite an event! I'm glad you had fun! The pictures you got are great too. :)

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It's Washington, DC... they can afford it! :) I think it's because they have multiple events in the Festival: Kite Festival, Japanese Street Dance and the Cherry Blossom Parade all wrapped up into the Cherry Blossom Festival...

Thanks again and next year. More pictures, although, I say that every year!

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It looks like a lot of fun!

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But you have got to know that I am all about the fun!

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What are delicious reply you give! I want to thank you so much for curating, resteeming and gifting me such a beautiful treat! I actually think this is the first time I have ever received one and I am touched.

Thank you so much and thank you for visiting #MarketFriday!

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Thank you for posting your link to my page! It is so much appreciated! Happy Easter to you and your family! May you enjoy the wonder of the holiday.

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thank you, how about you? What is your plan in your easter?

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I will have my family and friends over after sunrise service and we will have brunch later in the day. We will paint Easter Eggs tomorrow night and be together for the holiday.

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I love pretty girls so I love them already but I like more the traditione of Japanese. That cherry blossom wish I could see a real one.

sometimes old and sometimes new.

I have no idea that moon turn's new sometimes. But anyway what a wonderful walk you had. The clowns that clowning. I bet you had a lot of fun. hahaha

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I actually thought they had cherry blossoms in the Philippines. I have no idea why I thought that. I like the traditions of the Japanese also. Yes! There is a thing called a new moon. It is when it is in the first lunar phase and it is invisible to the naked eye. The clowns were funny and I saw them all over town after the parade.

It was a fun day and I am so glad I could take you along! Thank you for stopping in and taking a peruse around!

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It's so beautiful ! The pictures are really pretty, I want to go there one day :) thanks for sharing !

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Thank you so much for the lovely comment. It is always very beautiful and there is always a photo op wherever you go, whatever you are doing. Or so it seems. I hope you do get to come here one day, I am sure that you will not be disappointed.

Sharing with you is my pleasure!

Wishing you a Happy Easter in advance!

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Looks like fun

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It was a lot of fun! I do love parades and this was no exception! Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Buen dia,quiero expresarle mi felicitacion por tan hermoso trabajo,las chicas muy deslumbrantes,los instrumentos musicales fantasticos,los payasos geniales,las demas fotografias muy bonitas,saludos y feliz viernes santo,queDios la bendiga en union de la familia.

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Muchas gracias por el amable comentario. Te deseo una feliz, santa pascua.

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Great photos. Festivals are the place to take them...

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Thank you so much! The entire festival was two weeks long and there was nonstop activity all through the week. I do love Washington, DC for that part of the equation. There are always and forever interesting characters to take photos of, but, I find I need to get out just a little bit more to these things. Some days, I just don't want to fight the crowds.

How silly, I know. But, spring is here and the weather is absolutely gorgeous, so I will, of course, do more. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a most wonderful weekend!

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colourful, funny and just beautiful 💜

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Thank you! I was a fun parade and a good day, with the sun shining and warming me up from the cold of the winter.

Thank you!

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Thank you so much @traciyork!

OMW that was some wind. Hope no other damage was done.

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No! Thankfully all the hanging plants for brought in, so it's a bunch of Racket and torrential rain and nothing more. But thank you