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Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

April 9, 2011 by USA Post 

Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on schedule Saturday, although last-minute budget negotiations, and not the federal government closes at midnight
Daniel Piacente Parade spokesman told the Associated Press that as part of the original parade route on Constitution Avenue in National Park juridiction, if a government shutdown, the parade would run on Saturday morning in the Constitution Th Street to 14th Street to avoid crossing Park Service land. Piacente said DC police will provide additional support if the U.S. Park Police are not available.

Festival organizers have decided not to cancel the parade, which attracts about 100,000 viewers during one of the busiest times for the tourism industry in Washington. This year, 13 bands will participate, including musicians from Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Alabama and New York. The parade begins at 10 am and last until noon, a Japanese street festival, Sakura Matsuri, at Th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, also on schedule.

Meawnhile, Destination DC. The local tourist office, is telling tourists to come to the city, even if the federal government is shut down.

“We still have access to the mall in Washington, still have access to the cherry, and yet there are very few flowers,” said the president of Destination DC WTOP.com Elliot Ferguson. Although the Smithsonian National Zoo and closed, yet there are 12 private museums in the city, some of which offer discounts on tickets.

“It may not be physically able to take the elevator to the top of the Washington Monument, but you know what, will still be there,” says Ferguson.

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