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The National Cherry Blossom festival has kicked off and families from all over are out enjoying the start of spring.

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- Lots of people are anticipating the first bloom of the Cherry Blossoms.

But peak bloom is not expected until the second week of April.

"They're my favorite color, " One child remarks.

At the National Building Museum in Northwest, you'll find everything cherry blossom related, down to the hair color.

"Pink hair? Yes, to support the cherry blossoms."

People were stopping at the Hair Cuttery vendor and getting their hair spray painted pink.

What people really want to know is what's happening at the Tidal Basin. You can see buds on the cherry trees but no blooms.

"We're pretty excited we've never seen it and I've lived here my entire life. It's so crowded but we want to share it with the kids," Heather Cox said.

"Isn't it something that lifts your heart, especially with the drabness of winter. Then you have that amazing explosion. The trees are so graceful the colors are so pretty. What could be better? Francesca Kennedy asks.

The National Park Service says peak bloom is predicted to be April 8th through the 12th.

Andrea Roane and Mike Hydeck will be your hosts for the annual Cherry Blossom parade Saturday April 12th which will air on WUSA9.

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