Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cherry Blossom Festival

Despite the overcast and chilly weather on Saturday, we decided to head into D.C. to check out the Cherry Blossom Festival. In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo gave the city of Washington D.C. a gift of Japanese cherry trees. He did this in an effort to enhance the friendship between the United States and Japan. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving! These trees have continued to bloom bright pink for the past 99 years.

The festival is spread out over 2 weeks, with the culmination of a parade on the last day. Hundreds of thousands of people come from all over the place to take in a glimpse of these gorgeous trees. In order to avoid some of those thousands, we decided to park in Bethesda (at Jake's office) and ride the metro into D.C. Hayden has been digging trains lately, so he had a blast riding the metro.

Here are a couple of shots of the parade.

After the parade, we walked down to the tidal basin to enjoy the trees....and the ducks.

And to finish the day off, we had to stop at the now famous Georgetown Cupcake (aka: DC Cupcakes from TLC). Jake and I found this shop over a year ago before they were famous and had lines out the door. Luckily fame hasn't changed the taste, because they are fantastic!


laura said...

You didn't tell me about Georgetown Cupcakes! I STILL haven't been there. It is killing me! Also, where is George? :)

Jocelyn said...

Gorgeous photos!!! We were there last March and got to see them in person! Yea for fun cupcakes shops too!!!!

landofnyedom said...

How cool that you live so close to so many fun things! Someday we'll come to visit. :)