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DC Cherry Blossom Parade Will Be Held Even With Government Shutdown

4:25 PM, Apr 8, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- The Cherry Blossom Festival Parade will go on, shutdown or no shutdown.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival told 9NEWS NOW Friday morning the parade will continue regardless of the federal budget situation. It is "thanks to the exceptional support of the Metropolitan Police Department," said Danielle Piacente, the Communications Manager for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

The annual parade runs along Constitution Avenue, NW between 7th Street and 17th Street. That part of the road is run by the National Park Service. The NPS said, in the event of a government shutdown, it would not honor parade permits.

In the event of a shutdown, "the parade route will be altered," Piacente said, "affecting some of the grandstand viewing areas and ticket holders."

Friday evening, Diana Mayhew, the president of the National Cherry Clossom Festival said that the parade route had been shortened by three blocks. Instead of going from 7th to 17th on Constitution Avenue it will only go from 7th to 14th. See more information on the festival's website.

The Blossom Kite Festival and performances at the amphitheater on the Washington Monument grounds will be canceled in the event of a federal government shutdown.

The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival is a three-week celebration in downtown Washington. It commemorates the trees lining the Tidal Basin and the city, which were a goodwill gift from Japan in 1912. It attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists, and brings in millions of dollars in revenue to local restaurants, hotels, bars, and other businesses.


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