By Andrea Romano
March 07, 2019
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The cherry blossom season in Washington D.C. is right around the corner.

Jeffrey Reinbold, National Park Service superintendent, said at a news conference hosted by the National Cherry Blossom Festival that flower watchers should expect the famous Washington D.C. pink blooms to reach their peak between April 3 and April 6, according to USA Today.

On average, peak season tends to fall around April 3 or 4 in Washington D.C., so it looks like the blooms will come right on time. In Japan, sakura enthusiasts will be able to witness peak bloom season early, possibly around March 29.

The National Park Service announced on Tuesday that buds have already begun to appear on the trees. Once they’re fully open, they should stay there for about 10 days, as long as the weather is mild.

The annual news conference, according to The Washington Post, was quite an event, as Reinhold made the announcement from a pink envelope handed to him from a woman on stilts, with an outrageous, all-pink outfit.

Attendees also donned pink outfits and drank strawberry pink cocktails as the news was announced.

The National Park Service holds the National Cherry Blossom Festival every year, this year between March 20 and April 14. Along with the beautiful sightseeing, attendants can also enjoy special gatherings, street fairs, fireworks and musical acts, including a performance by Meghan Trainor at the annual Blossom Bash, according to USA Today. There is also an annual parade, this year on April 13.

Diana Mayhew, president of National Cherry Blossom Festival, told USA Today that more than 1.5 million people visit the festival every year. It’s considered the largest U.S.-Japanese celebration, commemorating the gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the U.S. from Tokyo, Japan, in 1912, according to The Washington Post.

If you’re not sure you can make it out to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. this year, there are other places to see the pink flowered trees in the U.S. and abroad.

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