Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cherry Blossoms Parade in Washington DC

I am not sure I understand why I enjoy parades as much as I do, but you can always find me watching them especially if the weather is good. Just recently I went to see the Cherry Blossom parade in Washington DC and it was a perfect day for it. Just like Goldilocks said not too hot, not too cold....just right.

I have gone to see the parade for many years now, maybe crazy for a local but I always enjoy it. It gives me an excuse to be a local tourist with the advantage of knowing how to maneuver the crowd scene.

Cherry Blossom parade - military group marching

Cherry Blossom parade - marching revolutionary soldiers

I don't know if most of the people are tourists from other states or from out of the country but in the end there is no difference among us; we are all smiling, nodding, dancing, laughing, waving and taking lots of pictures.

Cherry Blossom parade - clown parading

Cherry Blossom parade - Padington bear balloon float

The parade is not as large as the Macy's Thanksgiving parade but in our nation's capital, it is a grand sight to see the marching bands, balloons and other participants parading by our nation's colossal government buildings.

Cherry Blossom parade - dinosaur balloon float

Cherry Blossom parade - cheerleaders in parade

Cherry Blossom parade floating balloons

Cherry Blossom parade floating panda bear balloon

Cherry Blossom parade vintage car

Cherry Blossom parade cartoon floating balloon

The Cherry Blossom parade culminates 3 weeks of festivities and events spread out over our capital area. It all starts with the Kite festival which this year was cancelled because of too much rain.

To watch the parade, I go behind the Smithsonian National Museum of American History because it is less crowded; there is plenty of seating, and easy access to clean restrooms (inside the museum) and lockers. Did you know there are lockers inside the museum that makes it real convenient to store your gear until you absolutely need it? This also makes it easier to get into any of the other museums because then you don't have bags for checking. There is no charge for the lockers. I use them all the time.

Because of the nice weather there were plenty of tourists and what this means is that after the parade most of them will join the many tourists already by the tidal basin seeing the Cherry Blossoms. Yes, that is where I also went which I will talk about in my next blog post.

If you have never seen the Cherry Blossom parade, you should. It is a happy time, sure the area is crowded but then remember all of them are just as eager as you to see the parade, the Cherry Blossoms, the historical monuments and the several Smithsonian museums. ALL of it is FREE of charge, basically your tax dollars at work so come and visit.

If you have any questions let me know. Leave me a comment. I look forward to hearing from you. Sign up to my blog so you don't miss my photos, I do enjoy taking pictures. Remember sharing is good.

As for me, I will keep on being the local tourist and spring time is the best time.

To all the Still Fabulous and Traveling, I wish you.......Happy Travels.

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