Cherry Blossom Festivals in Washington DC and Vancouver start
The Cherry Blossom Festivals in Washington DC and Vancouver are starting on Saturday March 28th and orgainzers have high hopes for both annual events.
In Washington DC the president of the event said that the economic situation shouldn't affect the event and might actually boost the attendance. The event in Washington DC ends on April 12th.
"I think the economic situation is probably going to enhance the attendance," she said. "Our Web site hits are up about 30 percent. . . . We're almost sold out for the parade." The bleacher seats for the April 4 parade are $17 apiece. There are between 8,500 and 9,000 such seats.
The weather in DC is quite wet and miserable, but the entertainment will still go on and most of the festival is free to visit. It is also a reason for people to be outside, enjoying the fresh air and looking forward to spring.
The cherry trees are coming in to bloom just in time in DC, but the same cannot be said for Vancouver.
Only one tree out of the 36,000 cherry trees are blooming and organizers are blaming the cold weather in BC for the lack of flowers.
There is however other events to see but the main attraction might be a bit bare this year.
About 1,500 people usually come out for the festival in Vancouver.