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April 10, 2013
2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a spring celebration in Washington, D.C., commemorating the March 27, 1912, gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington. Mayor Ozaki donated the trees in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan and also celebrate the continued close relationship between the two nations.

The festival runs for March 20 to April 14 this year with peak bloom predicted for April 6 through 8. eak bloom is defined as the period when 70 percent of the blossoms on the Yoshino Cherry trees are open; however, the blooming period can last up to 14 days.

Visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival website.

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People walk by cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin on Monday night April 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is scheduled for this Saturday. AP / Matt McClain
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A woman and child walk among cherry blossom trees that have just begun to bloom, as sunset falls over the tidal basin in Washington, on Monday, April 8, 2013. AP / Jacquelyn Martin
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As the sun sets, cherry blossoms appear to float suspended in the air, as a family picnics by cherry blossom trees in bloom along the tidal basin in Washington, on Monday, April 8, 2013. AP / Jacquelyn Martin
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With the Jefferson Monument in the background, cherry blossom trees bloom along the tidal basin in Washington, on Monday, April 8, 2013. AP / Jacquelyn Martin
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Bailey Bickel, 2, of Washington, walks among cherry blossom trees in bloom along the tidal basin in Washington, on Monday, April 8, 2013. AP / Jacquelyn Martin
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Cherry blossoms bloom on the edge of the U.S. Capitol after a colder than normal March and chilly April delayed the beginning of the cherry blossom season in the nation's capital, Monday, April 8, 2013, in Washington, D.C. MCT / Olivier Douliery
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Cherry blossoms bloom on the edge of the Tidal Basin after a colder than normal March and chilly April in the nation's capital, Monday, April 8, 2013, in Washington, D.C. MCT / Olivier Douliery
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Cherry blossoms bloom on the edge of the Tidal Basin in the nation's capital, Monday, April 8, 2013, in Washington, D.C. MCT / Olivier Douliery
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Cherry blossoms bloom on the edge of the Tidal Basin in the nation's capital, Monday, April 8, 2013, in Washington, D.C. MCT / Olivier Douliery
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Cherry blossoms bloom on the edge of the Tidal Basin after a colder than normal March and chilly April delayed the beginning of the cherry blossom season in the nation's capital, Monday, April 8, 2013, in Washington, D.C. MCT / Olivier Douliery
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Cherry blossoms bloom on the edge of the Tidal Basin in the nation's capital, Monday, April 8, 2013, in Washington, D.C. MCT / Olivier Douliery
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Ellie Sakilayan, 1, of Arlington, Va., looks up at a canopy of blooming cherry blossoms along the tidal basin in Washington, on Monday, April 8, 2013. AP / Jacquelyn Martin
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The cherry blossom trees are in bloom along the tidal basin in Washington, on Monday, April 8, 2013. In the background is the Jefferson Memorial. AP / Jacquelyn Martin
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The cherry blossom trees are blooming along the tidal basin in Washington, on Monday, April 8, 2013. AP / Jacquelyn Martin
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A cluster of cherry blossoms are seen as they hang over the tidal basin from a tree in bloom in Washington, on Monday, April 8, 2013. AP / Jacquelyn Martin
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Cherry blossoms buds hang on branches of the famous Yoshino cherry trees along the Tidal Basin in Washington, Sunday, April 7, 2013. AP / Carolyn Kaster
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Cherry blossoms begin to open on the branches of the famous Yoshino cherry trees along the Tidal Basin, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Washington. Despite repeated predictions peak blossom time for the cherry trees is not yet here as nighttime temperatures in the nation's capital continues to dip sharply. AP / Carolyn Kaster
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A nesting bird peeks out of the budding Japanese Yoshino cherry tree along the Tidal Basin in Washington, Sunday, April 7, 2013. AP / Carolyn Kaster
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Cherry blossoms begin to open on the branches of the famous Yoshino cherry trees along the Tidal Basin, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Washington. AP / Carolyn Kaster
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Ann Bagala of Gray, Maine, takes a picture of the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin that are starting to bloom, Friday, April 5, 2013 in Washington. The blossoms are blooming a little later than expected due to the unseasonably cool weather. AP / Alex Brandon
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Monika Perzan of Chicago, takes a picture of the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin that are starting to bloom, Friday, April 5, 2013 in Washington. AP / Alex Brandon
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The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are starting to bloom, a little later than expected due to the unseasonably cool weather, Friday, April 5, 2013 in Washington. AP / Alex Brandon
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Laura Weemhoff, from Columbus, Ohio, photographs one of the very few the cherry blossoms trees in bloom, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Washington. AP / Alex Brandon

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