Plans To Be Unveiled For 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival

Kristin Danley-Greiner

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Organizers behind the highly anticipated National Cherry Blossom Festival will preview the 2021 event and artwork Wednesday. The festival will run from March 20 through April 11 and feature three weeks of events packed with traditional and contemporary arts and culture, and community spirit.

The unveiling of the 2021 event will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday and led by Rich Bradley, chairman of the board of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, along with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Shinsuke Sugiyama, ambassador to the United States, Japan Embassy, and others.

Organizers previously announced that the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, a beloved part of springtime festivities for many decades, would be canceled for 2021 due to the coronavirus. The National Cherry Blossom Festival's inaugural Spirit of Spring 5K virtual run and walk recently wrapped up with proceeds being funneled toward 2021 festival programming and to help support the year-round care and maintenance of the 3,800 cherry trees at National Mall.

The 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival was moved online due to the coronavirus. In addition to activities found on the festival website, people found videos showcasing performers originally scheduled as part of the 2020 festival, activities, educational experiences and ways to celebrate the festival virtually.

This article originally appeared on the Georgetown Patch